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[ NNSquad ] ICANN wants to make WHOIS data easily accessible by law enforcement, inaccessible by ordinary users?
ICANN wants to make WHOIS data easily accessible by law enforcement, inaccessible by ordinary users? http://j.mp/122r8Nh (Computerworld Australia) "The copy of data associated with domain names housed in the ARDS would be non-authoritative: Authoritative data would be remain with global top-level domain registries, which would provide "frequent periodic updates" to the ARDS. Access to the 'live' domain records maintained by gTLD registries would also be possible via the ARDS "upon request and subject to controls to deter overuse or abuse of this option". "Requestors" - people who want to query the data maintained by ARDS - would have to apply for the right to access domain information." - - - This is obviously in early stages, but my initial reading suggests that the focus is on making it as difficult as possible for ordinary Internet users to query this data to help track down network problems, attacks, and spam, etc. -- and as easy as possible for "law enforcement" to access the data. There appears to be a specific intent to block all data except from "authorized" users who meet specific criteria. If this is indeed the intention, it could easily be a disastrous mistake for the Internet community. Further clarification would be welcome. --Lauren-- Lauren Weinstein (email@example.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info Founder: - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com/privacy-info - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy Lauren's Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com Google+: http://vortex.com/g+lauren / Twitter: http://vortex.com/t-lauren Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com _______________________________________________ nnsquad mailing list http://lists.nnsquad.org/mailman/listinfo/nnsquad