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    USA Goverment Relations NTIA to unmask anon .USians
    posted by tbyfield on Friday March 04 2005, @06:07AM

    WiReD News reports that the NTIA, whose disengaged approach to matters ICANNeseque is legendary, has suddenly taken decisive interest in the matter of anonymized-by-proxy domains under the .us ccTLD. Apparently, in a 2 February letter to NeuStar, administrator of the "Patriotic and Highly Practical" .us ccTLD, the NTIA demanded that NeuStar (1) notify .us registrars that (WiReD's words) they should "cease allowing proxy registration for .us domains by Feb. 16," and, more alarmingly, (2) "correct existing proxy registration information—including name, phone number and postal and e-mail addresses—from .us customers and update the public Whois database for those domains by Jan. 26, 2006."

    According to Jeff Neuman, NeuStar's director of law and policy, "The NTIA is saying this is not a new policy." Not surprisingly, at least some registrars disagree. And least surprisingly of all, the affected registrants will disagree most of all. The WiReD article says, "The NTIA directive applied only to .us domains, because the NTIA doesn't set policy for other domain names, such as .com and .net." Let's see how long that lasts.

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    Privacy Act?
    by KarlAuerbach on Friday March 04 2005, @10:21AM (#14664)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    It is possible that the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 USC 552a) might have a thing or two to say about NTIA's action forcing the public disclosure of personally identifiable information in conjunction with .us registratrations.

    In the past the DoC and NSF have tried to disclaim the application of the Privacy Act based on a purported absence of "control" over the "system of records" (the whois database.) But in the case of .us the fact of Federal (NTIA) control is rather more overt than it is over whois in general.
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    NTIA intervention shows why US oversight is wrong
    by Richard_Henderson on Sunday March 06 2005, @03:30AM (#14665)
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    by Mueller ({mueller} {at} {syr.edu}) on Tuesday March 08 2005, @02:52PM (#14668)
    User #2901 Info | http://istweb.syr.edu/~mueller/
    So Wired News reported this on March 2? ICANNWatch reported the same story on February 10: http://www.icannwatch.org/article.pl?sid=05/02/10/ 1847211

    Maybe Wired - and some of our own editors - need to read ICW more carefully! ;-)

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