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Re: d-i and popcon

On Sun, Feb 13, 2005 at 11:00:35AM +0100, Christian Perrier wrote:
> Quoting Peter Vandenabeele (peter.vandenabeele@mind.be):
> > In a large contract we signed recently, the presence of "illicit software" 
> > (phone home, time bombs, backdoors, ...) was the condition with the harshest
> > penalties (unlimited liability, recovery of all damages, contractual 
> > possibility for civil and criminal penalties against contractor ...). I 
> > prefer to not send a quote from the original text, but this is no joke. 
> > 
> > So, from a privacy and legal point of view, you might have to 
> > _very explicitely_ document this "phone home" feature to the user and at 
> > least provide the explicit option to not install or activate it.
> Popcon is not activated by default. And has never been. It asks, at
> high priority, a question about activating the feature for reporting
> installed software. The dfault answer is, of course, not activating it.

I only joined after rc2, so I was not asked the question ... But this seems
quite adequate.
> Have you seriously once imagined that Debian would provide a phone
> home feature AND activate it by default???:-)

Actually not. 

I wanted to add that it would be a risky idea to play it differently.


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