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GDPR for dedicated Server

Discussion in 'Security' started by fullfatdesigns, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. fullfatdesigns

    fullfatdesigns Active Member

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    Hi

    I've been reading up on GDPR to advise our client on changes to their websites, but I'm after peoples view on what we need to do on our server.

    We have a dedicated server with about 20 websites on which back-ups to Amazon S3 every night (keeps 2 weeks worth). The whm/cpanel is on a https and if all the sites are switched to https (some are anyway), is there anything else I need to put in place?

    Just after peoples views as I couldn't seem to find any guide for the actual server, just what to do on the websites.

    Thanks
    Wayne
     
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    Infopro cPanel Sr. Product Evangelist
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    Brilliant, thank you. I'll check it out. I didn't think to search the main site, only searched the forums.
     
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    The blog doesn’t really explain how to make a cPanel server GDPR compliant unless I missed something?

    Do you have a full rundown of tweaks and changes that need to be made to comply with the legislation passed some time ago??

    I was under the impression that all backups need to be encrypted where stored?

    Also I feel the email system is lacking security, for example if a cPanel login was compromised, you can easily click and view peoples emails in cPanel? Shouldn’t the email system be more secure? Even against server admins, Ask for the password? Even encrypted? A lot of personal information can be held in emails, with cPanel, one click and you can see all emails in plain text In webmail.

    Many Admin teams as we know are located outside the EU and with the new legislation bringing in the tightening of data leaving the EU, is it possible to help secure clients data on the server from such security risks?
     
  5. cPanelMichael

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    Hello @james1985,

    Here are a couple of quotes from the blog post related to how you can approach GDPR compliance for your own company:

    As far as encrypted backups and emails, those are not direct features offered with the cPanel & WHM product at this time, but you can find discussion of such features with potential solutions at:

    Backups - encryption of backups (symmetric and asymmetric)
    Email storage encryption

    Thank you.
     
  6. lorio

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    The GDPR is not 100% the same in every European country. Local law can overrule same passages. cPanel Inc. has to first ensure they get their stuff right (e.g what gets transmitted from every cPanel/WHM installation towards cPanel Inc.). The most complex thing seem to be able to export everything you saved about person and hand it over to that person at any point. That is the right of every user hitting a server.

    The most basic thing cPanel could offer would be a tool, which removes IPs from logs. Or shortens IPs or replaces IPs with hashes.
    E.g. scripts like this https://www.privacyfoundation.ch/en/services/anonip.html

    You can see such tools around web analytics tools for years to be in compliance with certain European countries. GDPR makes the IP address a personal data of the user (even when the IP is assigned dynamically via the ISP of a user).

    You will see more and more threads here in the future.
    E.g. GDPR and Statistical Analytics

    European webhosting companies which base their business on cPanel or other controlpanels will need to invest more time to customize the setups or demand features.
     
  7. cPanelMichael

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    Hi @lorio,

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback on this topic. I encourage you to open a feature request for this at:

    Submit A Feature Request

    Note that our feature request website is currently undergoing maintenance, but should resume functioning soon.

    Thank you.
     
  8. DennisMidjord

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    Is this really required now? Should the IP be removed from the log files?
    Seems like a very bad idea.
     
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