[ga] WHOIS policy primer
Here's a first fragment of a draft for a WHOIS policy primer.
This one's a walk-through of the registrar accreditation
agreements (actually, there are two of these, with small
differences), which is hopefully at least a bit more
understandable than the agreements themselves. Missing bits: A
review of the .name appendix to the RAA (which is currently
missing from the ICANN web site), which may contain changes to
query-based access, and an overview of registries' WHOIS
provisions. In any event, the most important policies (at least
from a privacy point of view...) are contained in the RAA: Even
the thick registries basically make the same query-based access
available as registrars (with .name as an exception), with the
same non-restrictions on use of the data, and, possibly, advanced
query possibilities. Bulk access to thick registries' whois data
is more limited than with registrars. So I hope that this is
useful even in its current incomplete state. I'll add more when I
find the time. That means, in particular, not this week.
Thomas Roessler <email@example.com>
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