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Date: Thu May 09 2002 - 01:53:47 CDT
On Wed, 08 May 2002 14:59:50 PDT, Jordan Frank <jfrankasfu.ca> said:
> In addition to all this, I have a legal question. Probably the wrong forum,
> because it seems that most legal questions posed on this list are answered
> by people with no legal background who make educated guesses, but here goes.
> It is my understanding that, at least in Canada and the United States, there
> are laws addressing the issue of monitoring private conversations and making
> the contents of such conversations public. Are any of these laws directly
> applicable to the situation we're discussing.
IANAL, but.. ;)
At least in the US, 18 USC 2511(2)(d) says:
> It shall not be unlawful under this chapter for a person not acting under
> color of law to intercept a wire, oral, or electronic communication where such
> person is a party to the communication or where one of the parties to the
> communication has given prior consent to such interception unless such
> communication is intercepted for the purpose of committing any criminal or
> tortious act in violation of the Constitution or laws of the United States or
> of any State.
In other words, since it was your server, you're one of the parties, and
unless there are *other* reasons prohibiting it, you're free to disclose
the information - although I'd read that "unless" clause *carefully*, and then
think about if you want to publish a list where skript kiddies can get it...
-- Valdis Kletnieks Computer Systems Senior Engineer Virginia Tech
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