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From: Konstantin Ryabitsev <>
To: Theodore Ts'o <>, Joe Perches <>,
Subject: Re: PSA: Do not use "Reported-By" without reporter's approval
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 08:54:02 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20190524125402.GA616@chatter.i7.local> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Fri, May 24, 2019 at 12:57:08AM -0400, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
>> I'm perfectly fine with Link:, however Reported-By: usually has the 
>> person's
>> name and email address (i.e. PII data per GDPR definition). If that pehrson
>> submitted the bug report via or a similar resource,
>> their expectation is that they can delete their account should they choose
>> to to do so. However, if the patch containing Reported-By is committed to
>> git, their PII becomes permanently and immutably recorded for any reasonable
>> meaning of the word "forever."
>Many (most?) components result in e-mail getting
>sent to mailing lists.  So even if they delete the
>bugzilla account, there e-mail will be immortalized in
>and their associated git repositories.

I wouldn't say that most -- to my knowledge, it's only about 5-6 
components of the 50+. It's hard to tell how much that is by volume, 
though, because certainly not all components see much activity.

We *can* excise things on It's a massive pain, since 
message archive is a git repository itself, so will need to be rebased, 
reindexed and remirrored -- but it *is* possible. On the other hand, 
once a commit makes it into the kernel's git tree, it becomes impossible 
to edit it without affecting the PGP integrity of all git tags following 
it. Since PGP signatures can be considered a core aspect of the git tree 
integrity, we can then argue that editing commit history of linux.git is 
unreasonable per GDPR's own guidelines. We can't make the same claim 
about lists on

>So perhaps a better approach is to put a warning alerting bug
>reporters that submitting a bug means their e-mail will end up get
>broadcasting in public mailing list archives and public git

That's probably something we should do. I'll investigate it.


  reply	other threads:[~2019-05-24 12:54 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-05-22 19:30 Konstantin Ryabitsev
2019-05-22 19:45 ` Joe Perches
2019-05-22 19:58   ` Konstantin Ryabitsev
2019-05-22 20:00     ` Joe Perches
2019-05-24  4:57     ` Theodore Ts'o
2019-05-24 12:54       ` Konstantin Ryabitsev [this message]
2019-05-24 15:06         ` Joe Perches
2019-05-23  5:53 ` Bhaskar Chowdhury

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