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    Today's presumption of publication is backwards
    by KarlAuerbach on Saturday March 29 2003, @11:34AM (#11398)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    The DNS whois system of today is premised on a presumption that personally identifiable information is to be published.

    This current presumption places the burden of demonstrating why publication of items should not occur on those who wish to not publish those items.

    That is completely backwards.

    The default should be a presumption of non-publication. And those who wish to obtain personally identifiable information ought to have the burden of demonstrating why the public value of their needs outweigh the rights of the data subject.

    Privacy is not an absolute, it is a balance. However, in DNS whois we have started with a pre-weighted scale that so overweights trademark concerns that mere amendment would be futile; we must start again from first principles.

    There is some hope that now, with Joe Sims gone, that the ICANN board may actually begin thinking. But I do not have much hope that this will occur until several more of the dinosaurs go to the boneyards.

    Equally important to whether ICANN will do anything about privacy is the source of pressure to do so - ICANN's ALAC system of powerless village soviets effectively reduces the voice of those most concerned about privacy, the individual, to a very distant murmer. The voices of ICANN's insiders, the chosen "stakeholders" will, under ICANN's pro-industry systems, always drown out the voice of the public.
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    Re:Today's presumption of publication is backwards
    by vbertola on Sunday March 30 2003, @08:14AM (#11405)
    User #3435 Info | http://bertola.eu.org/
    Karl, you might have missed that the ALAC was one of those acting before Rio to ask for the immediate development of new policy to protect the registrants' privacy (see here [icann.org]).

    --vb. (Vittorio Bertola)
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