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Author: Arnt Karlsen
To: dng
Subject: Re: [DNG] new freedesktop "standard": /etc/machine-id
On Sun, 10 Mar 2019 14:58:52 +0100, Martin wrote in message

> Jaromil - 10.03.19, 14:03:
> > > > but first things first: do we want /etc/machine-id? and how?
> > >
> > > In my view it falls in the completely unnessesary or the
> > > potentially dangerous group.
> > >
> > > I don't want it.
> >
> > while I'm still catching up with reading all the thread, I think you
> > make a concise and straight to the point argument with which I
> > wholeheartedly agree. Thanks, to you and all others providing
> > insights on this issue.
> >
> > I also don't want it and I think having such a machine-id is not
> > just a technical, but also a political decision, as you pointed out.
> >
> > for the record, my /etc/machine-id follows:
> >
> > "d34dc0d3d34dc0d3d34dc0d3d34dc0d3"
> I felt uneasy about the machine-id several times as well. It
> remembers me of the IMEI of mobile devices.
> After browsing through thread and internet references I am still not
> clear what it is used for. Every privacy policy in EU needs to state
> that purpose, especially for uniquely identifying data.
> It never came to my conclusion that I can just change the id. Now did.
> Probably would be good for a lot of people setting it to the same
> value :). As when everyone comes up with an own machine id chances
> are that it is still unique. Another way would be to randomize it on
> every boot or every few hours.

...or every minute. ;o)

> Thanks,

..med vennlig hilsen = with Kind Regards from Arnt Karlsen
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