Auberbach Whois Hysterics
[Posted to Random Bytes on March 29, 2003 06:18 PM| Links to this post ]
Karl has blogged a piece entitled "ICANN and privacy".

The long and the short of it is simple. This is wrongheaded, hysterical and plain out and out "not likely to happen".

The reasons for this are simple. First and foremost, the Whois database is a list of registrants who have entered into a contract for service with a registrar.

Not 6 year olds that are at least 12 years short of being legally capable of binding themselves to a contract.

I've been on the record on behalf of Tucows backing stronger privacy practices related to the Whois database for as long as I can remember. I'm also in favor of putting the registrant in control of their registrations to the maximum extent feasible. None of this means providing a yellow pages for pedophiles. None of this has anything remotely anything to do with the fearmongering that Karl raises as a likely implication of the current policy.

Question for Karl; In what year did the whois database become public and how bad has the problem that you describe become in the intervening period?

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