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    Re:As it always was
    by ldg on Monday February 17 2003, @05:12PM (#11177)
    User #2935 Info | http://example.com/
    I have commented in several areas regarding privacy as a right, so I won't go into it here. However, having been harrassed and stalked due to the WHOIS, I can say that I think you're way off base.

    Secondly, there is legislation regarding telephone solicitation and "junk fax" - at least in the US, so your argument that you would get it anyway doesn't fit here. You can't get an unlisted fax number that easily either. Disallowing bulk access would, however, go a long way to preventing that kind of abuse based on the WHOIS.

    As for "public property" use, you can't simply obtain information from many public agencies, including driver's license, social security numbers, etc. unless you have credentials and make a specific request.

    When you register a domain name, you provide inforamtion that is necessary to maintain that record and should not be used for any other purpose. Even small businesses located in homes should have their information held private.
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