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    Global Name Registry Response to Edelman Study | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 115 comments | Search Discussion
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    Privacy implications
    by edelman@law.harvard. on Sunday June 09 2002, @05:37AM (#7029)
    User #884 Info | http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/edelman.html
    Anonymous wrote:

    The whois information for any particular registration reveals phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses, which is invasive enough. But when you can also find the number of registrations owned by any individual, then the world knows how much money that individual spent on domains. Do you want the world to know what you spend at the track, or at the blackjack table?

    I'm sensitive to this concern, or at least I'd like to be. My practice to date has been to list specific registrant names and specific domains registered, but to omit specific address information (listing at most only city, state, and country) and email address information (listing email addresses only in some masked way that prevents spamming).

    I'm sure there are some folks who think this isn't a good way to proceed -- that I shouldn't make these lists at all, or should provide less information in such lists. But this information truly is all already publicly available -- I have no inside sources!

    (Late & slow response because I'm moving into a new apartment this weekend... and as yet have no Internet access at home, not even by modem!)

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    Privacy implications by edelman@law.harvard.
    Re: Privacy implications
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Monday June 10 2002, @04:12AM (#7044)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    What privacy? WHOIS data has always been public information. Ben is using it for an academic study, not for spamming or any other such sinister purpose.
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    Re: Privacy implications
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Monday June 10 2002, @06:17AM (#7051)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    Academic study is fair use, not misuse.
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    Re: Privacy implications
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Monday June 10 2002, @09:39AM (#7060)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    Anonymous people calling one another names... that's really intelligent debate... :)
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    Re: Privacy implications
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Monday June 10 2002, @09:41AM (#7061)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    He's not being a "sherrif"; he has no power to arrest anybody. He's merely publishing his findings based on publicly available information. The First Amendment gives him this right.
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