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Does data need to be encrypted when sending it to a CGI script on a secure server? If not why not? If so why so?

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If you are sending data to a CGI script as a part of a secure connection, your CGI script will not see the encrypted data.  The only part of the connection that is encrypted is the Browser <-> HTTPS Server link.  Before the HTTPS server passes data to your CGI program, it will decrypt the data.  Before sending output from the CGI program back to the browser, it will encrypt it.  Be aware that if you are using a secure server to collect data from a user and using a CGI program to store the data in a file or database, that a weak part of your security might be the file or database.  While the transmission itself might be secure, the server storage is plaintext.
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