[!CrackMonkey!] Daftness in the UK
bradyn at maths.tcd.ie
Fri Apr 26 16:54:16 PDT 2002
Dunno if any of ye have seen this...
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Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 16:58:19 +0100
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From: Dave Green <tips at spesh.com>
Subject: NTK now, 2002-04-26
As if that weren't enough for the lawyers to look forward to,
there's another new takedown procedure stalking the websites
of this fair country. This time, it's someone who wants his
own postings removed from the archive of Nigel Metheringham's
exim-user mailing list; the legal axe being wielded is the
Data Protection Act - and the motive? Who knows? Especially as
Mr Deleted's exim-user postings were hardly controversial. A
bit naive, perhaps, but really nothing compared to the deluded
rantings most of us have in the indestructible archives of our
online pasts. So why go to such trouble to get them removed?
If Captain Scribble is trying to prevent spam-harvesting of
his email address: well, sending nasty letters to public
mailing lists you actually subscribed to seems a bit of a
heavyhanded way of tackling the problem. And what about all
his posts to Debian mailing lists where his address also
appears? We can't imagine the internationalist, freedom-
loving, legally-rigorous Debianites will keel over so easily.
The other possibility, we suppose, is that it's a bold attempt
to prevent even the smallest hint of public fallibility from
being detected online. Well, that certainly did the trick.
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