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Re: Paul's Mailfrom (Was: IETF SMTP Working GroupProposal at smtpng.org)
- From: Brad Knowles
- Date: Tue Aug 27 20:13:14 2002
At 7:37 PM -0400 2002/08/27, Dean Anderson wrote:
I've heard of cases like this. I also know that the people I
heard about were terminated with extreme prejudice, as soon as
management got even a single whiff as to what they were doing. They
took a really, really hard line against this kind of administrative
You worked at AOL? This happens quite often. I've known of several admins
who started reading email, checking terminal servers, and "disrupting"
users who complained about the admins performance. One admin wrote a
script that reset the session of a "PITA" user every half hour.
Before I left, they had started seriously cracking down on
removing any additional access or permissions that someone may have
had, if they couldn't prove that they needed it during the course of
their job. I basically lost all access to the Stratus mainframes,
because I didn't need it in order to perform my duties as the Sr.
Internet Mail System Administrator.
No, I have a lot of my own bitches about AOL, mostly due to
extremely questionable business practices that I saw while I was
there. But this is an area where I don't think that much criticism
can be rightly levelled at them.
I definitely support tougher privacy laws. But I don't think AOL
would be likely to have much problems meeting or exceeding most
enhanced privacy laws that I can think of.
That is the number one problem, and its why consumer groups think they
need tougher privacy laws.
Brad Knowles, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania.
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