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    i wouldn't be too sure about consensus
    by tbyfield (reversethis-{moc.xinap} {ta} {dleifybt}) on Thursday February 06 2003, @07:39AM (#11098)
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    certainly, the general drift within ICANN over the years has been to treat whois data as an enforcement tool, so there's clearly support, as you suggest, to punt in a way that allows it continue to 'evolve' in that direction. otoh, verizon was one of the members of the hilarious whois not-really-a-committee [tbtf.com], and they've been remarkably aggressive in resisting a court order to hand over info about a p2p user on their network. granted, that's quite different from whois data; but, still, it seems as though there should be some structural resistance in these areas, if only because the cost of compliance and creep could be high for carriers. so it may just be that the punt stems from a very real lack of consensus among the 'stakeholders' in their current constellation; the task, then, will be for ICANN to engineer a different constellation with much less resistance.

    cheers,
    t
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    As it always was
    by phoffman@proper.com on Thursday February 06 2003, @09:39AM (#11099)
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    "...certainly, the general drift within ICANN over the years has been to treat whois data as an enforcement tool..."

    That is what whois was being used for long before ICANN came into existence. When something related to a particular site was hurting the Internet, you used whois to find someone to contact. It worked incredibly well, and continues to work well for this.

    Why should whois data be private? In almost on country in the world is business identification data kept private. Further, if you want privacy from whois searchers, you can either lie or honestly list someone else who will hold your data private from snoopers.
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