RE: [nc-whois] RE: some links of interest
In response to Marilyn's suggestion I am posting links to two letter we
(the Electronic Privacy Information Center) sent to Congress in 2001.
The basic recommendations we made were that there should be restrictions on
the secondary use and sale of this data; personal information, beyond that
necessary for contacting systems administrators about network or security
problems, such as home addresses, fax and phone numbers, should not be
included; there should be ways for individuals/ non commercial website
owners to anonymously register domain names.
Jason Catlett of Junkbusters, another privacy group, testified to similar
effect in July 2001. His testimony is at:
Needless to say, the views represented in these submissions are those of
EPIC and Junkbusters alone and do not represent formal recommendations of
the non commercial constituency as a whole.
>Dear WHOIS Colleagues
>Thanks, Steve, and Troy, for your postings regarding the recent U.S.
>Hearings on WHOIS/Accuracy; and Steve, for the additional postings. They
>very useful to the TF and I urge all to read them. There may be other
>similar postings which members are aware of and should post. For instance,
>Sarah to post an earlier document related to privacy issues in WHOIS to
>the TF list.
>I wish to call the TF members attention to the WIPO Best Practices and
>to suggest that you take 20 minutes and at least scan the comments. You will
>see several comments on accuracy, as well as other comments; however, to me,
>the data accuracy issue stands out...
>From: Steve Metalitz [mailto:email@example.com]
>Sent: Friday, May 31, 2002 4:34 PM
>To: NC-WHOIS (E-mail)
>Subject: [nc-whois] RE: some links of interest
>As discussed toward the end of our conference call, here are some links that
>may be worth reviewing as we prepare the conclusions of our Task Force's
>(1) Written testimony from last week's Congressional subcommittee hearing
>on Whois. Howard Beales is the top consumer protection official of the US
>Federal Trade Commission. You can see from the statements of Reps. Berman
>and Coble what two leading US policymakers are thinking. Cameron Powell of
>SnapNames and Michael Palage of the Registrar Constituency were the other
>witnesses, along with myself. See http://www.house.gov/judiciary/courts.htm
>(2) The Best Practices document created by the World Intellectual Property
>Organization has some good general recommendations re Whois in the ccTLDs.
>(3) An interesting case study regarding "Large-Scale Intentional Invalid
>WHOIS Data" may be found at