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    Re:What price privacy?
    by GeorgeK on Friday February 06 2004, @12:42PM (#12945)
    User #3191 Info | http://www.kirikos.com/
    I have no financial interest -- I give it free to any customer who would ask (I only have a handful of domain registration clients). Ones who are happy with a public WHOIS use their own info.

    One of the important benefits include an absolute decrease in online crime. Folks are more likely to commit a crime if the investigation costs of it are shifted to other people, through their own anonymity. Having accurate and public WHOIS will create an additional burden on that prospective criminal, who might not see it as worth the trouble, and instead go back to selling crack on the streets, or whatever. It won't stop the hard core criminals, who will always lie about their identities, but then it'll be faster to shut them down, based on that false WHOIS (and due to the proposed laws, their penalties will be harsher having falsified their WHOIS).

    Some will argue that only the police should have access to those details, but they simply don't have the resources to investigate everything. It's the public who often bring out the valuable tips through their own research of a fraud, etc. Similarly for commercial crimes, the courts are overburdened as it is, and don't need a logjam of subpoena applications to break the desired anonymity (which are very costly to obtain). The abuser would be shifting more costs to the victims, through higher legal costs, victimizing them once more.

    I can assure you criminals would hate my position (and that of the US government, business, and others apparently) for a public and accurate WHOIS. A lot of "propeller heads" use WHOIS to track spammers, etc....try to take it away from them and see what happens.

    Accurate WHOIS can save lives, as I mentioned in a post before (see here [dnso.org]). A teen overdosed on drugs while in a chatroom, and they tried to use the WHOIS to get his info, but it was fake. A lot of damage (both commercial, and personal, as this incident illustrates) can happen while folks struggle to overcome fake/false WHOIS, esp. given the live and timely nature of the internet.
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