TPTG | 17.11.2011 01:32 | Policing
The justification given by Libcom about the practice they follow ( http://libcom.org/notes/legal-notes) looks odd and suspicious: “Libcom.org respects our users privacy and will not release any information on users under regular circumstances. We track visits with log files. Libcom.org uses this information only to determine which pages are the most popular and least popular, and to detect any problems with the site. Libcom.org will not pass on any information collected from our users to a third party”. First of all, we really wonder what is meant with the term “regular circumstances”. Is “Aufhebengate” an “irregular circumstance” that would permit the release of information collected from us to their cop consultant friend, John Drury, a member of Aufheben? What are the measures taken by the Libcom group in order to prevent police authorities (and people so closely connected to these authorities like JD) to acquire these really sensitive data? How can they assure that “Libcom.org will not pass any information collected from [their] users to a third party”, when they have been proven to be fervent admirers of cop consultants and they have a “don’t worry, be happy” attitude towards the graded policing guidelines of Drury & Co. (which include use of intelligence, the kettling of ‘trouble-makers’ in demos etc. etc.) ? What will they do if they receive a search warrant?
What looks even more suspicious is the explanation given for the retention of these data: “Libcom.org uses this information only to determine which pages are the most popular and least popular, and to detect any problems with the site”. Anyone who has the slightest technical expertise knows very well that the logging of IP addresses is completely useless for keeping statistics on the popularity of the pages and for the “detection of problems with the site”. Statistics could be easily kept after discarding all relevant identifying information such as the IP address. Further, it’s totally clear for any IT professional that the detection of technical problems with the site has no relation whatsoever with the logging of the IP addresses. The error/debugging messages generated by the software platform (Drupal, SQL, etc.) would completely suffice after the discarding of all identifying (and incriminating) information.
Therefore, we would advise all future users of Libcom to be extra cautious when using this totally irresponsible, to say the least, web site and forum.