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Re: [ga] Privacy and Whois databases
At 02:58 PM 10/15/99 -0400, you wrote:
>But Marty, couldn't this be solved with the "opt out" options for
>individuals who choose to be anonymous?
>If an ecommerce vendor has chosen to make his identify and contact
>information unavailable by opting out, isn't that a pretty strong signal to
>the consumer to avoid him?
Yes, but many consumer complaints only arise after the transaction has
>In addition, at least as far as secure transactions are concerned, the
>secure Certificates (SSL) issued by Verisign and Thawte and others could be
>seen as serving this kind of ecommerce identification service, I expect...
>At 02:23 PM 10/15/99 -0400, Martin B. Schwimmer wrote:
>>I respectfully disagree and remind Bill that there are non-trademark issues
>>involved every so often. How about mere consumer protection? Certainly in
>>the commercial sphere the identity of a merchant should not be anonymous
>>and there are strong policy arguments for full disclosure. If someone has
>>to contact a registrar each time they want to verify the identity of a
>>vendor on the web (and "justify" a valid need), it would have a chilling
>>effect on ecommerce. And the registrars don't want to field these calls,
>>If it's an anti-Pinochet website, that's another story, which is why these
>>policies should be flexible.
>>>This contact information should be private, I believe. If someone needs
>>>contact imformation (for example, a trademakr attorney) about a domain name
>>>holder, they should reveal what they need it for and who they are to the
>>>registrar/registry before private information is given to them.
>>>If they can not justify a valid need for this information, it should be
>>>What does the rest of the DNSO think?
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