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[nc-whois] RE: [ga] Bulk Whois Data Issue

  • To: "NC-WHOIS" <nc-whois@dnso.org>
  • Subject: [nc-whois] RE: [ga] Bulk Whois Data Issue
  • From: "Cade,Marilyn S - LGA" <mcade@att.com>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 20:41:04 -0400
  • Sender: owner-nc-whois@dnso.org
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  • Thread-Topic: [ga] Bulk Whois Data Issue

It would be helpful to have some statistics from the registrars about the % of registrants who are companies, organizations/institutions, etc., versus individuals who are acting as real individuals. Many who are registered as individuals may be warehousers, which is not illegal, but might not be an individual "acting" as an individual.  

If such data does not exist from the registrars [registries?], how can we develop such data? It would be extremely helpful to the work of the WHOIS TF.

We have discussed this briefly in the TF, and suggested that Tony and I, as co-chairs can draft a letter of request to the two relevant constituencies. As a "short-cut", can we ask, again, for the members of the registry and registrar constituencies to respond with suggestions about how to gather this statistical, or even "best guess" analysis? 

Responses to the list seem most appropriate, given our work schedule.

-----Original Message-----
From: DannyYounger@cs.com [mailto:DannyYounger@cs.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2002 6:04 PM
To: ga@dnso.org
Subject: [ga] Bulk Whois Data Issue

Please note the following comment posted by Tim Ruiz to the registrars list:

<< I understand the reasoning behind public disclosure of registrant data but 
it seems to have gone too far. In this day and age of privacy concerns it's a 
little insane that Registrars are required to make their customer data 
available to the public in bulk.  One-offs through a Web interface are one 
thing. Requirements for bulk access, including open ports, to the data are 
just too much. It's an open invitation to abuse with no one really willing to 
enforce proper use of the data. In fairness, I'm not sure there is any way to 
enforce it given the international nature of what we do. I believe there 
should NOT be any requirement for open port, or bulk, access to this data.>>

I share Tim's point of view, and would appeciate hearing the position of GA 
members on this topic (especially the views of those members that now 
participate on the WHOIS Committee).

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