[Mailman-Users] encrypted passwords/German "Datenschutzgesetz"

Todd Freedom_Lover at pobox.com
Fri May 16 20:26:02 CEST 2003

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Sven Köhler wrote:
> in Germany there is a Law that forced any application to store the
> passwords encrypted. In all Mailman-Version i know, there is the
> possibility to get my own password mailed to me. That means that this is
> not the case at the moment.

If you encrypt the passwords with any meaningful encryption, then you can't
mail out password reminders.  If, as another option, you use some trivial to
reverse "encryption" then what's the point?

> This makes it unusable for German custumers that respect that law.

So german users should point out to their government that their law is
ridiculous and that legislators should stay out of software development.
They know about as much about this area as US legislators (or any other
group of bureaucratic boobs, for that matter).

Governments, more so than any other entity, need to be told "NO!" regularly
and forcefully.  Otherwise they'll insert themselves deeper and deeper into
every aspect of our existence.  Sorry for the political rant...  I just get
irritated when busy body bureaucrats want to dictate things to the rest of
us when they have no clue.

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