rooster Posted July 29, 2006 Share Posted July 29, 2006 I would appreciate hearing some informed opinions from some of the ‘longheads’ on the SC Forum about the proposed changes to CIRA practices and policies excerpted below. As a CIRA member, I was taken a bit by surprise when I learned of this. I assume it is my naiveté that makes me think this policy would benefit spammers, scammers and fraudsters with no commensurate benefit that I can see to legitimate domain holders and site administrators; outright criminal activity notwithstanding. Quite possibly, I unwittingly developed an unfair bias on the privacy issue in my pursuit of cretins spamvertizing porn sites. At one point or another, information in this wise has often proved useful to me in ways I’m certain everyone here understands and quite probably appreciates. I realize in practice, with the ‘half-life’ of most spamvertised sites now being about 5 calendar days, what can be accomplished against (forged) registration information is much more limited than it was even 6 months ago. But if excluding this info by default becomes the common practice, I can’t help but feel spammers will take full advantage and make a bad situation even worse. Right now, I’m entertaining rather strong feelings of objection to this proposed change. Experience has taught me that, as often as not, such sentiments arise because I haven’t fully come to understand the issue. What am I missing here? rooster boundary bay, bc http://www.cira.ca/en/Whois/whois-backgrounder.html <snip> Currently, when a domain name is entered into the CIRA WHOIS look-up service, personal information about the Administrative Contact for that domain name, such as their address and telephone number, is made available to the public. In April 2005 CIRA adopted a new WHOIS policy which will impose new limits on public availability of personal information. This is to ensure that CIRA’s policies and procedures comply with Canadian privacy laws and because CIRA understands the importance of individual privacy rights. Under the new approved WHOIS policy, CIRA will continue to collect the same information from Registrants as it did under its former policy. However, under the new policy, it will no longer make publicly available, through its WHOIS look-up directory, the name, address, administrative and technical contact information for individual Registrants without their consent. CIRA’s new approved WHOIS policy was developed following extensive and far-reaching public consultations with numerous CIRA and WHOIS stakeholders such as: • Registrants; • Certified Registrars; • A random sample of 1000 Canadians; • Leading organizations and experts in the areas of: o Law enforcement o Internet use o Intellectual property o Privacy, and; • Members of the CIRA Board of Directors. <snip> Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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