FW: [jdev] Scalability question on privacy policy implementation

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Thu Aug 3 11:52:06 CDT 2006

Adrian Chan wrote:

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>   Per my understanding of XMPP spec, user (or server ??) can select privacy
> policy such that only the designated sender(s) can send messages to the
> user.  All others will be blocked (or messages dropped) by the server.  

I think you're talking about the jabber:iq:privacy namespace as defined
in Section 10 of RFC 3921:


> My
> questions are:
>   (1) has anyone had experience implementing this policy?

As we discovered at the interop event recently, there are very few
server-side implementations of that protocol, and we will probably move
it from rfc3291bis back to JEP-0016 (where it originally came from),
then define a much simpler blocking protocol that we will add to
rfc3921bis (I hope to write a JEP for that soon). Basically I think we
mis-read the privacy requirement in RFC 2779 -- we could have met the
requirement with simple blocking rather than the much more complex
privacy lists.


Peter Saint-Andre
Jabber Software Foundation

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