RE: [DNS] Whois & Privacy

RE: [DNS] Whois & Privacy

From: Larry Bloch <larry.bloch§>
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2005 13:32:50 +1000
> >Mike,
> >
> >Do you at least acknowledge that the visibility of .au whois data is 
> >closer to your ideal than in .com?
> >
> >  
> >
> No, not really. 

Well, that's a little weird, because the implication is that the whois model
used in .com is preferable to you.

I actually think what we all need is ;
> . confidence in the data, esp. when viewed from a continuing 
> infrastructure perspective.

Confidence that it is accurate? Or secure? 

Obviously whois data is not accurate - sometimes not even when it is

> . security for the data against unnecessary or unwanted 
> use/alteration. . privacy for the owner/registrant of the data.

There is one area in the current model that privacy is perhaps an issue. And
that is that contrary to comments to this list, it is my understanding that
you are not allowed to submit role accounts as registrant contacts. IOW, you
must have a real persons name, email address (publicly visible) and full
contact details (which remain hidden). This may breach individual privacy
legislation, because whilst the business itself is not entitled to privacy
protecting its identity, the individual who is nominated as a contact might

> >If so, we can all agree that privacy protection in .au is 
> better than 
> >elsewhere and possibly best practice. There are competing 
> needs and a 
> >balance is necessary if you want to have whois at all. 
> Perhaps the .au 
> >approach is a good compromise?
> >  
> >
> Better is not best. It'd be much better if we were the best. 
> Then we've 
> got something to sell to everyone.
> Take the new email domain idea that's recently been raised.. 
> Where spam is stopped at the front door through an authorised 
> network of 
> "email doms".

The problem with grand scheme best solutions is that they are never best for
everyone. Thus the need for compromise. Your solution may be best for you,
but the fact that it is a controversial issue means it is not best for

I would contend that the .au whois model IS best practice. .uk had a far
more minimalist model that community sentiment eventually overturned as
unworkable. The problem was too much protection for scammers via anonymity
and too many practical problems within the industry in identifying domain
name owners reliably.

> Thats the sort of thing I'm talking about..innovative 
> improvements and 
> developing a system that IS best practice and has something to offer 
> that all the others don't.
> Confidence, Security, and Privacy.
> Regards.
> Mike.
> >Larry
> >
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