'Net Governance Body Punts On WHOIS Privacy
The nonprofit organization that manages the Internet's domain-name system has voted to punt on a proposed change to the global WHOIS database of Web site name registrants. The changes would have given Web site owners the ability to shield their identities online and, indirectly, cut spammers off from an easy-to-mine database of legitimate e-mail addresses.
Washingtonpost.com on Monday ran a story I wrote about proposed changes to the global WHOIS database -- which contains information such the name, phone number, e-mail and physical address of anyone who has registered a Web site name ending in ".com" ".net" ".info" ".biz" or basically any other domain name ending in three letters.
Privacy advocates had been guardedly hoping that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) would approve their proposal to limit the amount of personal information in the WHOIS database.
From that story: "Privacy groups say the domain registry has become a data-mining dream for marketers and spammers, who constantly trawl the database for new e-mail addresses. Opponents of any change in the system counter that the data is essential in resolving intellectual property disputes, aiding cyber crime investigations, and helping computer security experts quickly shutter fraudulent Web sites."
To hardly anyone's surprise, in a vote of 7 yeas to 17 nays, ICANN decided to propose additional studies on the privacy impact of the WHOIS database.
I'd be curious to know how many readers who have registered Web sites have chosen to either provide blatantly false WHOIS data, or who have in view of privacy concerns opted to pay their registrar an added fee to keep their information private.
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