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[ga] Verisign removing expiration dates from WHOIS Data?


Take a look at the WHOIS for the domain name "auction-barn.com"


In particular:

   Record last updated on 15-Mar-2002.
   Record created on 26-Jan-2000.
   Database last updated on 16-Mar-2002 04:35:00 EST.

The "Record Expires" date is missing. 

If VGRS goes ahead with WLS, this is a potentially serious issue, as
consumers might be misled into purchasing WLS slots on names that
expire years in the future, as they'd have no way of knowing when the
name truly expires (let alone when it is released, even if it should be
past expiry). Existing customers and domain owners would also not be
able to check for sure when a name is due to expire, if they can't
check the WHOIS on their own names.

Furthermore, aren't registrars required to show certain data elements
in their WHOIS, as part of their accreditation contracts??


George Kirikos

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