[comments-whois] Response to Task Force Interm Report
Alice's Registry, Inc. Comments on Whois Task-Force
Interim Report of the Names Council's WHOIS Task Force October 14, 2002
Alice's Registry, Inc. recently launched a new product to assist
registrars in evaluating the accuracy of registrant data. Our
research indicates that the vast majority of domain registrations
don't have accuracy issues. In the near future we hope to bring
some statisticly significant research to prove this general
hypothesis. You can read more about our Fraud detection and
Registrant Verification system at http://www.ar.com/fraudit/
The proposal of graduated sanctions is not well thought out and
appears to have been developed without industry participation. We
feel that this would have never made it into a document developed
by all concerned stake holders.
At the time the document was authored there existed no
methodology to test the assertion that graduated sanctions could
improve the accuracy of the data published in the whois, now there
are services to test this assertion; however there is no
infrastructure within ICANN to preform such a audit. If the
task-force continues to believe in such recommendations the
task-force should also make clear proposals on how the
recommendation should be implemented.
Uniformity of data elements
A least common denominator of uniform elements should not prevent
Full searchability of the whois has been mistakenly identified as a
service that previously existed. The task-force appears to have
been misguided by interests looking for additional FREE services
that have never existed.
Mandating the creation of new FREE services should be done with a
critical eye, as market forces applied with appropriate fee-based
incentives appear to work in many industries instead of mandating
free and unfettered access to new services.
The single most talked about topic with whois is privacy, the
task-force has neglected this topic. Privacy impacts each of the
areas discussed above. If the task-force continues to ignore
privacy, all of the task-force recommendations will be circumspect.
The fact remains that the largest use of whois is for marketing
purposes, the task-force MUST address this issue in its final
CEO, Alice's Registry, Inc.