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Re: Smolt: Fedora Hardware Profiler

On 1/31/07, Ralf Corsepius <rc040203 freenet de> wrote:
On Wed, 2007-01-31 at 17:11 -0700, Tom Tromey wrote:
> >>>>> "Ralf" == Ralf Corsepius <rc040203 freenet de> writes:
> >> The smolt data looked quite nice to me.  Good stuff to know.
> Ralf> Pardon, but you'd better never mention the word "security" in a Fedora
> Ralf> context again ;)
> Yeah.  It's kind of hard to want to get involved again.
> I understand you're more worried about people somehow getting your
> hardware profile than I am.  That's even understandable.  What I don't
> understand is why clicking "No" is not enough.
It's probably a cultural difference.

In Europe, esp. in Germany, "data collectionitis of certain enterprises"
and "data privacy" are _VERY_ _HOT_ political topics.

This manifests at various places, e.g. Germany having very restrictive
laws on "data privacy" and the public/press/media's attitude being very
hostile against anybody "collecting data". Also, probably unlike in many
other parts of the world people around here are conscious about "data
privacy" and often have a negative attitude against institutions
collecting data.


Fact is, what you seem to take for granted, isn't in Germany. The legal
details are complicated, it would require to be a laywer to elaborate,
but German's laws mandate "explicit opt-in" and mandate explicit
regulations on many other details (e.g. timed deletion of data)
in many situations.

So what you're saying is that the hardware profiler should be opt in only?

Though this isn't 100% legally mandated, this has lead to many people in
Germany to consider "opt-in" as a matter of fairness and consider
enterprises choosing "opt-out" to be playing foul and to be jerks.
I had mentioned this aspect in a very early mail of this thread, but ...
this had been pushed aside.


IMO, you and Fedora are vastly underestimating the situation. You
understand you are playing with a loaded gun here and are better off
taking concerns about it seriously.

I dislike people who corrupt everything I like with legal mumbo jumbo
Fedora Core 6 and proud

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