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Re: [ga-sys] Registrants Charter - FREEDOMS - Part 1

On Tue, May 15, 2001 at 04:33:10PM -0700, William X. Walsh wrote:
>Hello Joanna,
>Tuesday, May 15, 2001, 4:14:54 PM, Joanna Lane wrote:
>> It's not a plan, it's a situation. Under The Charter of the European Union
>> everyone has the right to the protection of personal data concerning him or
>> her.
>Then that would make any european based company ineligible to run a
>registry, as far as I am concerned.  If they are unable to comply with
> the requirement of mandatory whois data, then they are unable to
> comply with the most basic requirement of running a registry and
> should not be able to do so.

I think you are missing two important points to this argument: 

1) the document she quoted doesn't actually say quite what she thinks it
does; and

2) this is a tempest in a teapot anyway -- in fact the registrar      
accreditation agreement does not say that you have to supply "personal
data" -- all you need to supply is the contact information for a legal
entity that is willing to assume responsibility for receiving legal
notice and passing it on to you.  This is actually an opportunity for
some enterprising registrar to add this kind of escrow of legal
responsibility as a value added service....

In fact, some registrars (register.com, I think) are indeed offering
this service, and, interestingly enough, the entities using it are large
businesses who are developing a product idea, and want to register the
domain name without revealing the connection, because they don't want to
give away information either to competitors or to cybersquatters.

Kent Crispin                               "Be good, and you will be
kent@songbird.com                           lonesome." -- Mark Twain
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