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Thursday, February 02, 2006


Residential Customer Privacy Policy Proposed

The first policy proposal of 2006 within the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) calls for Residential Customer Privacy.

Policy statement
Proposal type: modify (NRPM sections and

Policy Term: permanent
An organization with downstream residential customers may substitute that organization's name for the customer's name, e.g. 'Private customer - XYZ Network', and the customer's entire address may be replaced with 'Private Residence'. Each private downstream residential reassignment must have accurate upstream Abuse and Technical POCs visible on the WHOIS record for that block.

NRPM Section 3.2 on Distributed Information Server Use Requirements (from policy proposal 2003-5) is also updated by striking the words "that includes displaying only the city, state, zip code, and country".

Policy Rationale
This policy allows for a residential customer's entire physical address to be suppressed, not just the street name and number. It also removes the US-centric phrases "state" and "zip code" from the NRPM, reflecting ARIN's broader service area.

In many cases, a postal code or even a city name can identify few enough individuals, particularly considering the set of those likely to have their own IP assignments, that the intent of policy proposal 2003-3 is constructively defeated.

Timetable for implementation: Immediately upon approval.

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