Handling of private/confidential groupware objects

Joon Radley joon at radleys.co.za
Wed Dec 7 06:55:01 CET 2005

Hi Benrhard,

> The "privat" flag is a marker in Kontact and for Outlook it 
> is also some access control switch. 
> (This has been known during the Proko2 contract, so it is not news.)

Policy must be enforced by the server else is just smoke and mirrors. Having
clients honor the "private" setting will just leave the perception of policy
enforcement where in reality anybody with access to the folder can read the
private messages if they wished by using a non-honoring client.

The one option we looked into was the client only publishing limited
information about "private" objects, e.g. in appointments only the start and
end date and times as well as the recurrence. The client will also not allow
updates from the server or allow that modified private messages to be
uploaded by shared users.

Two problems where identified, 1) some users would like some of there shared
users to see the private objects and 2) the backup functionality of having
the objects on the server will be lost for private objects. 

I truly hope the group can find a good solution for this.

Best regards

Joon Radley
Radley Network Technologies CC
Cell: +27 (0)83 368 8557
Fax: +27 (0)12 998 4346
E-mail: joon at radleys.co.za

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