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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 Anonymous on Monday June 10 2002, @03:23AM (#7039)
    Can't wait for your new address to be forthcoming, Ben. That way, we can do our own study.
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    Re: Privacy implications
    by Anonymous on Monday June 10 2002, @03:24AM (#7040)
    You're a creep Ben, a real creep.

    The importance of your latest "study" could fit inside a gnat's ass, at the expense of an individual's privacy.

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    Re: Privacy implications
    by Anonymous on Monday June 10 2002, @03:40AM (#7041)
    Oh shut up about privacy. You knew when you registered your domains that valid Whois information is part of the process. If you don't like, don't register names.
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    Re: Privacy implications
    by Anonymous on Monday June 10 2002, @05:25AM (#7047)
    Ben's research helps trademark owners. The DomainForSale study was included in documents provided to the House of Representatives on HR 4640 concerning false contact information in the Whois database. The .name study helped wake GNR and ICANN up to abuses in the system. If ICANN isn't going to complete it's new TLD review, then studies like Ben's are important to draw attention to areas where ICANN is failing to keep the heat on registrars. I think this is a good use of the Whois database. Maybe if more good research such as this was done, there might be less cybersquatting.

    Go ahead and stick your head in the sand and ignore the false contact information and cybersquatting problems.
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