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    Re:Not A Good Idea For .US Customers ...
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday June 24 2003, @06:59PM (#11844)
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    Do your homework, the EU is asking for more protection than you would get in .us WHOIS. What they're asking for wouldn't effect you anyway, though if you want less protection from scammers and spammers, that's your ghod given right.

    As for the article's statement:

    Nobody questions that there are certain minimal data requirements for the administration of registered domains
    I'm sorry, but I do question it, we aren't talking about critical nodes like we were in the old days, if my really-cool-website-name.com goes down there is minimal chance that it will cause any grief to anyone but myself. No-one else needs any WHOIS data other than my registrar, and if I'm a scammer/spammer via that domain then let law enforcement authorities, or even UDRP panelists, get it via some sort of court order. That's the same way unlisted telephone numbers work, I see no reason why an otherwise unlisted phone number is publicly accessible via WHOIS to not just IP lawyers and spammers but the whole world. Those pushing for a public open WHOIS are barking up the wrong tree, spammers/scammers falsify their data now so that they cannot be found, do they think it will be any different in the new world order? Surely even they're not that stupid. So why push so hard for something that only punishes the innocent? Oh, I guess that's the Amerikan ghod given right thing again. -g
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    Re:Not A Good Idea For .US Customers ... by fnord
    Re:Not A Good Idea For .US Customers ...
    by ldg on Tuesday June 24 2003, @11:12PM (#11846)
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    Ditto, and to go a bit further... Karl Auerbach said that data should be collected for a specific purpose (registering a domain) and that data should be used for only its intended purpose. There is no reason whatsoever to have it published - other than nameservers and a contact email address.

    That email address should not be published in a format that can be scraped. It should be human readable (e.g. {somename} {somedomain} {sometld}).

    I heartily agree that only credentialed entities should have access to any other information in the same manner they would obtain an unpublished phone number. This should be true for a SOHO as well as an individual. No one should have to publish a home address to invite intrusion.

    If an attorney wants my unpublished telephone number, he'll have to obtain a court order to get it. It's not that hard to find my address, but it takes a bit of searching and he'd have to pay to get it. I don't publish it.

    Congress is looking at the DMCA again because of legitimate rights of consumers and privacy. I think ICANN needs to consider privacy issues and rights of individuals. It is NOT in the best interests of the public to have private information published on the internet and serves only a few well-healed special interest groups.
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