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Saturday, February 04, 2006

 

Call for Action on "Purpose of WHOIS"
 

Forner head of ACM's Internet Governance Committee Kathy Kleiman, has posted an appeal on ICANN's Non-Commercial Constituency list:

All: As we finish one round of comments, another is due. On Wed., February 8th, public comment will close on the "Purpose of WHOIS." This is important because after we decide on a Purpose, ICANN must then only collect that data that is "relevant and not excessive to that purpose." That means that in the future, ICANN may not feel compelled to publish the home addresses, home phone numbers and personal emails of individuals involved in small political organizations, or engaged in personal and political speech.

The WHOIS Task Force was completely unable to reach an agreement. Intellectual Property (together with Business and ISP) want to use all the Whois data to go fishing -- to find the home address, phone and personal email of anyone whose website content they disagree with (expressed in "Formulation 2").

Presenting a united front, NCUC, Registrars and Registries created FORMULATION 1 -- that WHOIS data should be used for technical purposes. If you would, please take a minute to write a short comment on behalf of your organization (or yourself) in favor of * Formulation 1.* As support, you might use any danger or abuse of the Whois personal data you have heard about or fear might occur. (Formulations 1 and 2 below.) The GNSO page with Task Force report and formulations, email for comments and archives (nothing submitted yet) can be found at http://icann.org/announcements/announcement-18jan06.htm.

Formulation 1 ----------------------------------------------"The purpose of the gTLD Whois service is to provide information sufficient to contact a responsible party for a particular gTLD domain name who can resolve, or reliably pass on data to a party who can resolve, issues related to the configuration of the records associated with the domain name within a DNS nameserver."

Formulation 2 ----------------------------------------------"The purpose of the gTLD Whois service is to provide information sufficient to contact a responsible party or parties for a particular gTLD domain name who can resolve, or reliably pass on data to a party who can resolve, technical, legal or other issues related to the registration or use of a domain name."

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