Can I delete my content from the network?

From @fazo96 on Wed Jan 27 2016 12:28:56 GMT+0000 (UTC)

I guess a possible solution to filter out illegal content is to ship IPFS with hardcoded blocklist addresses, which will be updated lists of content that will never be downloaded or retained by the nodes. These blacklists will of course only contain pointers to illegal stuff.

Then there could be other blocklists depending on which laws apply where the node physically is.

Criminals could still modify the source code to access illegal data, but it’s not a big deal since anyone else won’t be sharing it.

From @Kubuxu on Wed Jan 27 2016 13:27:17 GMT+0000 (UTC)

@whyun7892 There is a plan of opt-in block lists called badbits. They will contain hashes of illegal contented as for some authority. For more see:

But there will not be option to just delete content from IPFS, same way you can’t delete content from WWW, if someone care enough to host it, it will be there.

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From @whyun7892 on Wed Jan 27 2016 14:22:53 GMT+0000 (UTC)

@Kubuxu Great. The opt-in blocklist method will take effect if some agency(such as DMCA) keeps requesting to remove particular contents on behalf of users or authorities. But, one concerns… Many blacklists from various authorities need to be managed (and by whom?), and the number of blacklist will be growing accumulatively because they will not un-list it…

If a user uploads private file by mistake, It will be more reasonable to give a chance to try to remove the content, even though it may not be completely wiped out in the overlay network, just like WWW.
If IPFS supports CRUD, it will be much more useful in various business area.

Fade-in, fade-out with user’s decision :smiley:

From @Kubuxu on Wed Jan 27 2016 14:35:10 GMT+0000 (UTC)

You can remove content you added to your node, you just can’t be sure that someone isn’t already rehosting it and remove it from there.

Size might be problematic but it is up to block list creator to manage it. Bloom filters can make it quite efficient to check if item is in blocklist. Many issues were discussed in issues I’ve linked.

From @whyun7892 on Wed Jan 27 2016 14:53:52 GMT+0000 (UTC)

@Kubuxu Thanks. Understood. :smiley: I think you mean that it is possible to remove by use of ‘pin rm’ and ‘gc’. right? If so, why not put ‘remove’ to basic commands list.

From @lidel on Wed Jan 27 2016 16:30:12 GMT+0000 (UTC)

IIRC it is absent by design: remove is ambiguous (remove from what? node? entire network?), having two explicit commands for removing a pin and triggering GC leaves no room for misunderstanding of what is happening.

From @emardee on Fri Feb 05 2016 05:49:40 GMT+0000 (UTC)

I understand that IPFS is nick-named “the permanent web”, but surely that shouldn’t mean that it is a good idea that we can never being able to delete something properly? I quite like the ideas of privacy that Diaspora ( ) were working on, where users controlled their own data, and could always rescind it causing the distributed network to delete that data. I think that if IPFS is to become the new web, then privacy has to be one of the central features that can be chosen when needed. Clearly there will be items that need to be kept alive forever for everyone’s benefit, but equally, there should be an optional concept of privacy built in so that if someone wants a picture of them “forgotten” this should be possible too. It surely about thinking of this as the underlying platform for everything, then permanence isn’t always the over-riding need. It is about balancing the needs of privacy and permanence to get the right combination. Obviously a self-managed social network like diaspora could be re-built on-top of IPFS with its own controls for social data… but at the file level, I think a similar feature is potentially desirable inside IPFS but for any files.

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From @Kubuxu on Fri Feb 05 2016 06:07:17 GMT+0000 (UTC)

@emardee deleting data from any network is a gentlemen agreement, all listen and all of them cannot lie, you might ask everybody to remove the file but some of them will say “Removed.” but they keep it. IPFS isn’t worst in this matter than normal Internet, if you make something public to the network, you have to know that it can become permanent. Nobody can prevent anonymous internet people for publishing it all over again.

It isn’t just because: the aim is so everything is permanent, there just isn’t viable solution for this problem.

Diaspora is something else, it is closed (registered) community that can enforce the gentlemen agreement to remove the data.

From @lidel on Fri Feb 05 2016 07:53:53 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Remember that we can’t truly “remove” things from the internet.
If you put data online there is always a possibility it will live forever.

You can issue a “revocation” requests, but in the end you have no control over them being respected by other parties. Things can be passed over alternative protocols or just saved to a cold storage to be released years later.

If you don’t want people to look at your bytes – use encryption BEFORE you put them online.

From @fazo96 on Fri Feb 05 2016 16:35:33 GMT+0000 (UTC)

@csharpner said

What about drive storage space if you can’t delete? Who’s holding (or more importantly, paying for) all this expired data and what’s the incentive to do so? My idea is to use IPFS to backup my data (after I encrypt it), and offer local storage as payment (or maybe partial payment… not totally sure how that works). But I will eventually delete some of that. It would serve no benefit to anyone to waste storage after I no longer need it.

What am I missing?

  • You can’t force other nodes to delete stuff, but you can choose what to keep on the nodes you control of course
  • At the moment there is no incentive to hold data except having the guarantee of being able to access it
  • in the future you’ll be able to pay other people to host your data using filecoins

From @emardee on Fri Feb 05 2016 23:13:14 GMT+0000 (UTC)

I guess the other thing you might be missing is that your encrypted files might well outlast the integrity of the encryption technique used to protect them. If you release your data to the public, and copies are kept way beyond your expectations, eventually someone might crack the encryption method rendering your data accessible to all. You’d want to be happy that by the time the encryption was likely to be broken, there was no privacy risk left in the data being exposed. For that reason, you might want to give this plan more thought. Probably better to use a trusted friend or two, and you all keep a private copy of each other’s backups (but not publicly), so that you trust everyone who has access to the data to delete when required, and to not open old files if encryption gets broken in the future.

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From @mildred on Mon Mar 07 2016 12:05:35 GMT+0000 (UTC)

> If you don’t want people to look at your bytes – use encryption BEFORE you put them online.

It is also possible to restrict who can access the files you add in IPFS. When you add a file, it’s only available on your node at first. You could configure your node so that the file is only accessible to few other selected friends on the network. If they are trustful, these friends should not propagate the file further.

This could be interesting especially in the case where a crypto algorithm gets broken years later. You may not want your private conversation to be public then.

I think this is also discussed elsewhere, see: ipfs/go-ipfs#1386

From @Beastio on Thu Mar 24 2016 02:09:42 GMT+0000 (UTC)

You can neither unsay nor unhear something in the real world. We need to regard the hash link as its contents. If someone has the link they should be considered to have the file. To delete the file you need to remove all references to it, like garbage collection in programming languages. So we need to convince the legal system that having or publishing, a hash link, to be the crime, while actually having the illegal file that the hash links to on a server to not necessarily be illegal.

From @ingokeck on Sat Apr 09 2016 21:30:05 GMT+0000 (UTC)

@fazo96 There is no global understanding of what is illegal and what is not. Just one example: Publication of Nazi insignia outside historical context or research/education is illegal in Germany but perfectly legal in the USA as far as I know.

From @fazo96 on Sun Apr 10 2016 14:15:09 GMT+0000 (UTC)

@ingokeck True, but it just means that we need multiple blocklists. One of the first will probably be a blocklist for DMCA takedowns: someone will maintain a list and publish it via IPNS, and all public gateways will opt into it. Then if another list needs to be made for any other reason, it’s gonna be made and used.

From @stuffyvater on Sun Oct 09 2016 17:08:01 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Is it possible to restrict content prior to accessing it on IPFS? Lets say I’m hosting a file on my node. I know exactly who should access my node because I have their addresses whitelisted on an Ethereum Smart contract.
My contract wrote Adress A = 0xA…, Address B = 0xB…, and Address C= 0xc… My IPFS node hosts another smart contract and a file. The smart contract prompts MetaMask upon arrival at my content and checks my Address. My address is 0xB, so I am whitelisted on the contract. If i was 0xD, could my contract stop IPFS from sending the content to 0XD?

From @mixmastamyk on Fri Oct 14 2016 20:10:58 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Hi, read all this and still don’t understand if old files can be deleted or not? I have a network of media players which I’d like to share download responsibilities. Is old content able to get deleted or not? If the disks are going to fill up in a few days ipfs is not a solution for me. :wink:

From @alexpmorris on Fri Oct 14 2016 21:06:34 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Files can be deleted from your own local instance(s), but you cannot force remote nodes that already have a cached copy to delete their copies.

From @krionical on Sat Oct 22 2016 16:51:32 GMT+0000 (UTC)

I think the idea of having the ability to “remove” is part of the problem with the web. As long as there remains the possibility of “Taking Down” stuff, then it will create a situation where those that want things taken down will over-extend their power. On the other hand, I think where people should have more ability to change things is at the input point–i.e. if your friend has taken a picture of you or something it should notify you somehow that the picture is taken, and then you can decide whether or not your friend gets to keep the shot.

I think Etherum has the right idea as far as contracts go for consumables like movies.

From @NDuma on Tue Oct 25 2016 10:55:15 GMT+0000 (UTC)

My understanding:

{Your [encrypted] }files will be deleted when the action of accessing them ceases (metric for relevance & demand necessity / ‘data stockpile’ / ‘warehousing’ criteria is met); if, nobody else accesses them; and, they are cleared out in retired ‘junk’ cache by incoming data demands.

Otherwise - What you post … is Posted.

Web Apps will Update with new URI’s = old data not accessed anymore = deleted if nobody cares for it.

Otherwise; look for IPFS to be a new host to torrentz of leakz - “Hillary Under the Cover(s)” & “Trump’s Rumps” e-mails & failed steak campaigns which can never be unseen; much like the IPFS, a torrent inspired web.

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