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    Re:Kudos to Steve Metalitz
    by ldg on Thursday February 05 2004, @10:33PM (#12934)
    User #2935 Info | http://example.com/
    Bingo! After being stalked unti I moved to a different state I can tell you that privacy is a major factor and that WHOIS should not be the criteria for customers need for accurate information regarding a business. I had a small home business (resume consulting and word processing - no walk in traffic) and had no problems with customers who screened me as well as I screened them. The phone book had only the city listed, as did the display ad, yet whois insisted on my home street address. I had to put up tall fencing, security doors, bars on the windows and get guard dogs as a result of the stalking that was a direct result of whois. I now use a P.O. Box and have an unlisted number for my family and friends to use. The number listed in whois will usually result in callers reaching voice mail. I'd like a dollar for every crank call that comes in to that number, not to mention unsolicited telemarketers at all hours. I no longer publish my fax number and to fax me you have to call first so that I can enter your number into the fax machine. All others are blocked. I went through countless reams of paper and ink cartridges from junk faxes - the number was obtained via whois.

    My personal and family privacy is a safety concern as well as the usual concerns. Anyone working from a SOHO has the same concerns. Personal safety and privacy are rights we count on and the expectation of preserving them is written in our US Constitution. I should not have to pay for a service to hide my information from the public. It should be automatically done. As long as the registrar has the information in its files, that is sufficient for those who have a (proven)legitimate need for it. If you don't want to do business with me, that's just fine. I'm not inviting you to my home, so you don't need my address.
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