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Re: [ga] Privacy and Whois databases
I can just refer to the situation in my country - Sweden. I represent
NIC-SE, the registry of the TLD .se. NIC-SE is a company based in Sweden
and therefore needs to fulfill the laws established in Sweden. Sweden is a
member of EU and within EU there are different socalled directives about
dataprotection and protection for private persons. Sweden are forced to
implement these directives due to the membership. There is especially one
about protections of individuals that causes a lot of trouble all over
Europe because if its rigidity.
The fact though is, that we as a swedish company, has to follow the
protection laws in Sweden and they don´t allow us to make everything
public. Though there are other (older) laws which regulates what
information about a company is public or not. The main question then (for
me) is not for companies but for private persons holding domainnames. On
top of that there are several domainname holders asking us to keep their
data secret, not publicly available (both companies(!) and individuals).
As the protection laws are different around the globe, we have different
views on this. And all the registries though, has to follow the laws in the
country where they are situated.
At 11:32 1999-10-15 -0700, Karl Auerbach wrote:
> > What does the rest of the DNSO think?
>At the first IFWP meeting there was a lot of support, in fact, I would
>characterize it as "overwhelming consensus", that whois data be protected
>per the European privacy guidelines.
>As for the whois database and the US government, we ought not to forget
>that there is this thing called 5 USC 552a, the Privacy Act of 1974, which
>seems to have been conveniently overlooked.
NIC-SE, Box 5774, 114 87 Stockholm