Legal Implications was(Re: Announce: MailScanner-Console-0.1)

Julian Field mailscanner at
Tue Jun 17 18:07:52 IST 2003

At 15:36 17/06/2003, you wrote:
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Julian Field [mailto:mailscanner at ECS.SOTON.AC.UK]
> > The From, To and Subject are all considered private information in the
>So... What about sendmail's plain old maillog???
>Are you not allowed to look at it? Do you disable sendmail logging??

Under the Human Rights Act, we are not allowed to keep these logs for more
than 6 months, and must set their permissions so that they can be used for
nothing except system administration and fault diagnosis. For example, our
senior management are not allowed near them. We may use the logs for the
purposes of providing a service, but nothing else. Anyone wanting them,
other than the relevant system administrators for that service, require a
court order before we will release them.

This does currently appear to conflict with the new version of the Data
Protection Act, and the government depts and courts are still sorting out
this problem.
Julian Field
Professional Support Services at
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