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Subject: Re: Privacy on Tech-talk Mailing List
From: Andrew Johnson <anj@aps.anl.gov>
To: tech-talk@aps.anl.gov, Jack Smith <jacksmithvent2009@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:11:55 -0500
Hi Jack,

Welcome to the EPICS community!

On 2012-10-25 Jack Smith wrote:
> Is tech-talker's IP and other network information monitored and
> recorded in the mailing list server if he or she sends a message to
> the board?

There is a publicly accessible archive of all tech-talk messages; it uses the 
Open Source Mhonarc program and some PHP code which I wrote for presentation 
purposes, and is implemented as just another subscriber to the list, so it 
doesn't see any more information than any other subscriber does.  The lab does 
keep logs of the messages passing through its mail-servers, but AFAIK they're 
intended to allow the technicians to debug problems.  As the list maintainer 
and an Argonne employee I'm not aware of any more secretive monitoring of 
emails that might be going on, but that kind of thing if it exists at all is 
likely to be on a need-to-know basis, and personally I don't think it's very 
likely that the security people are particularly interested in EPICS or tech-
talk.

I also record the webserver log entries for all GET accesses to URLs beginning 
/epics/download mostly for statistical purposes.  I would love to be able to 
plot all the down-loaders' approximate geographical locations on a map of the 
world to demonstrate just how wide-spread the use of EPICS actually is, but I 
haven't actually investigated how I might be able to do this.  If you don't 
want to appear in that record, you can download most versions of EPICS Base 
from the Launchpad project website instead (when you'll be giving your IP 
address to Canonical).

> I guess someone (hacker or administrator, or government agency) could
> track down and get our tech-talker's office address or even home
> address if his or her IP and tech-talk activities are recorded in the
> DOE-sponsored servers. Seems scary, right?

Maybe, if you're a paranoid conspiracy theorist.  There aren't (m)any of those 
here though, we have control systems to build or maintain.

- Andrew
-- 
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
-- Napoleon Bonaparte

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