RE: [council] NCUC's position to Whois TF report
On behalf of the Task Force I wanted to assure you and your constituency, and ohter interested and concerned parties that the dissenting opinion of Ruchika Agrawal as a minority report is included in the comments received to the final report of the WHOIS Task Force.
Of equal importance, I wish to clarify that the Task Force has read, discussed, and acknowledges all suggestions made by commenters. Some time ago, when the NC had a different representative on the Task Force, the decision was made to consider privacy separately and more completely as a separate item. That was presented to the Council several times in various briefings. This has meant that we have focused on some of the more immediately addressable issues, with the plan to recommend to Council in Rio in March that the Issues Report on Privacy be discussed and the Council make a recommendation at that time on how best to address the privacy issues of WHOIS.
We realize that it is challenging for Council members to keep track of all the work of individual TFs. Over the time of our work together, we have discussed privacy over and over. The Issues Reports on Uniformity and Searchability of data will stress its importance. There is a separate issues report on privacy under development. These are clear indications of the TF's recognition and commitment to ensuring that privacy is studied, understood, adn respected, and that the differnces beteen companies and organizations and REAL individuals using the net and privacy issues and concerns are understood and represented in policy recommendations.
Every member of the TF, at one time or another, has spoken in support of the need to balance access to data and privacy for individual registrants.
I hope this will serve as a further clarification of the Task Force's work and discussions. And I welcome your questions. This is helpful to enable a fuller understanding of the work of the Task Force.
Best Regards, Marilyn Cade as co-chair
From: Chun Eung Hwi [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2003 9:07 PM
Subject: [council] NCUC's position to Whois TF report
Dear NC members and Whois TF members,
We, NCUC, were recently told that Ruchika Agrawal, our representative for
Whois TF, expressed her dissending opinion on the TF's accuracy policy
recommendation because the TF has not only failed to adequately address
privacy issues, but also failed to reflect several suggestions made by
We, as NCUC, confirm that her position is definitely representing our
constituency's official position and hope that such an opinion could be
deliberately and cautiously noted and taken into account so as to make
more mature and consensus policy on whois issue. The privacy concern on
whois policy, one of the major concerns for our constituency, has
frequently been expressed in our members' public comments and even in NC
conferences. Therefore, if this concern is not to be sorted out
appropriately, we could hardly endorse such policy. We hope that TF
members would think over this aspect once more deliberately because now
privacy issue is truly a significant concern of all domain name users and
it is closely related with very real threats to people's lives.
Chun Eung Hwi
Chun Eung Hwi
General Secretary, PeaceNet | phone: (+82) 2- 2166-2216
Seoul Yangchun P.O.Box 81 | pcs: (+82) 019-259-2667
Seoul, 158-600, Korea | eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org