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Ip adresses are needed for security anslysis in case of attacks, for example.

the thing is not about doing what you propose but that however you‘re doing it, you have a lot of bureaucracy and legal insecurity right now.

The examples of wrongdoing you give should be leading to hard measures. But those with good intentions shouldn’t have high bureaucracy costs.

To be clear: i don’t say these laws shouldn’t exist. They just should have been targeted at the actual wrongdoers and put smallest possible burden on all with no bad intentions.




> Ip adresses are needed for security anslysis in case of attacks, for example.

Then you have a legitimate need for the data, so store it for a reasonable length of time and then delete it.


>Ip adresses are needed for security anslysis in case of attacks, for example

People repeat this a lot, but it sounds like complete nonsense.

Why does your business need to perform “security anslysis in case of attacks”? Do you get paid to do that? Why would you need IP addresses for that?


One obvious case is DoS attacks. Rudimentary attacks can be mitigated by blocking IP addresses of the attacker.

Another example is logging requests to secure sections of the site and/or server and perform IP blocks on fishy activity.


You can do that with a hash of the IP.


How would this work? You can't just sha256 IPs as that'd be trivial to reverse, no different from storing the plaintext.

I don't see why the IPs would ever have to hit the disk for this purpose, just keep them cached in RAM for a few minutes.


Salt the hashes, perhaps use PBKDF2. The problem is solved for passwords, just treat IPs like low entropy passwords.


there's only 4 billion possible IPs, you can reverse the entire search space in a few hours

the only way round this is to make the webserver spend a non-trivial amount of time running some derivation function on the IP for each and every request (remember you can't cache the result if the entire point is not to store the IP)


And all that stuff is super complex... for a number which is not person bound and personally identifying in the furst place. Only with a lot more effort. So my critique is, the lawmakers should have made actions to use ip‘s to identify persons illegal, but not storing ips themselves.


IP is person bound and personally identifying, in a lot of countries you can trace back an IP to a list of people and with an additional information like a last name or a timestamp you can fairly reliable identify a single person.


How would all these things be legal just because an IP in a logfile isn’t?


Largely they aren't. It's not important that they are legal or illegal.

The problem is that it's possible and that is where the GDPR hooks in.


It’s probably also possible to identify people based on the combination of their car color, built timestamp, model and specifically ordered extras. Shall storing these, without a name, be made illegal then and forcing someone to save these in a database to hire a lawyer to ubderstand their legal position? Just because if the name is added to such a database of cars produced, it will be personal identifying?

Put another way:

If the goal is to prevent certain actions by making them illegal and a given boundary can already ensure that, whats the point in widening that boundary even more?


>If the goal is to prevent certain actions by making them illegal and a given boundary can already ensure that, whats the point in widening that boundary even more?

Atleast in germany the boundary has not been widened and most corporations seemed to operate just fine.

> Just because if the name is added to such a database of cars produced, it will be personal identifying?

When you add data to your database you'll have to consider this, yes.

Privacy under the GDPR means that you evaluate whether or not it is necessary to store such data.

Why? Because the GDPR is not only about the present but also about potential problems. If your database gets breached and someone runs of with the data, the GDPR seeks to ensure that the data contained is the absolute minimum necessary and does not threaten the privacy of the users if possible.

Put another way:

Under GDPR you do not own data like car color, built, model, extras. People give you stewardship of the data and you are responsible for it. It is your task to protect it. Protecting people's data is easier when you don't have as much of it.




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