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    Re:Kudos to Steve Metalitz
    by GeorgeK on Friday February 06 2004, @04:55AM (#12937)
    User #3191 Info | http://www.kirikos.com/
    That's like arguing that personal safety is so paramount that you're all living behind $500,000 security alarm systems, AND that the government should be paying for a Marine to guard your front door.

    My point was that there are costs and benefits to having the WHOIS data public and accurate. In my judgement, the benefits FAR outweigh the costs of having that data public. I'm a pragmatist -- if you believe that your WHOIS data is SOOOOOO sensitive, then pay the $4 to have a Domains By Proxy solution. Heck, the EFF or other groups could offer it as a FREE service (I know that I offer it free to some of my own customers, and I don't sweat it one bit).

    No one forces anyone to get a domain name. There are security procedures for gettting onto a plane, too -- as far as I know, no airline will let you get on wearing a ski mask. Yet, millions of people have no problems flying daily without ski masks....
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    What price privacy?
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Friday February 06 2004, @08:40AM (#12939)
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    So I've been fired from some third world sweat shop that paid me a dollar a day and I want to register my-anti-nike-site.com and I should just shrug and pay you? BTW in the early days of the internet it was common to preface or follow one's stated opinion with I have no personal or financial interest in..., unless of course one did have such.

    There are certainly costs to having the WHOIS info public, there should be no cost to having it private. You have the right not to have someone (other than the proper authorities under certain narrow circumstances which are legally defined and controlled) kick your door in and enter your residence. By your logic I can charge you $4000 not to kick your door in and you should pay up. The difference between you charging me $4 for me to exercise my right and me charging you $4000 is a difference of degree, not of kind. Privacy is a right, a right that has a price tag, any price tag, attached to it ceases to be a right.

    I don't know about US privacy laws but here in Canada, and I suspect some countries in Europe, the requirement of WHOIS data by ccTLDs which is then made public can be (and perhaps will be) successfully challenged legally. I doubt very much that our Privacy Commissioner would agree with you that a registrars right to make additional money off me, even $4, should trump my right to privacy. -g

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