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    Re: False registration contact information would b
    by RFassett on Tuesday May 07 2002, @10:53AM (#6177)
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    when my personal information is being sold to third parties w/o my knowledge or consent, then I have a right to privacy. When documentation exists that third parties mine the publicly accessible database to gather my personal information for marketing, then I have a right to privacy.

    I have 3 e-mail addresses: 1) for work, 2) for personal, and 3) for Whois. Guess which one gets the relentless spam?
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    Re: False registration contact information would b
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday May 07 2002, @10:58AM (#6178)
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    I disagree that I only have a right when it is given to me. While rights are often granted, and often have to be fought for, I think you have it backwards. I have the right to do whatever I want so long as there is no law saying I don't have that right. Even if you don't accept that, being in Canada there is a Canadian Privacy Act which does grant me the right to privacy, so I guess I could point to that. If in the US I could point to this:
    The right to be left alone -- the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized men.
    To protect that right, every unjustifiable intrusion by the government upon the privacy of the individual, whatever the means employed, must be deemed a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

    ~Justice Louis Brandeis in Olmstead v. U.S. (1928).
    So is public WHOIS data a justifiable intrusion? I don't think so. The argument isn't over whether I have privacy rights, that seems a strange assertion. I do have privacy rights by law, and it appears those in the US do too. But no right is absolute, it must be balanced against other rights. The argument, it seems to me, is whether the right to privacy should prevail over the right to protect one's intellectual property. I think it does, or should. If one is allegedly abusing another's intellectual property, only then should one give up some right to privacy. The onus should be on the injured party to first allege and then prove an injury, rather than requiring innocent parties to give up their right to privacy when they have done no wrong. -g
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