Sagacious Himself — brevity in circumlocution: never blague — suffering genius

November 10, 2008

canada gets it right where USA fails – whois data kept private by default for free

Filed under: CIO,DARPA,Gross Politix — Sagacious Himself @ 7:38 pm

Aside from better maple syrup and hockey sticks, Canada now also does domain WHOIS better than the USA:

OTTAWA, Ontario, June 11, 2008 – The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) announced today that it has launched a new privacy policy and WHOIS search tool to protect the privacy of dot-ca domain name registrants. The new policy limits public access to personal information except under extraordinary circumstances or through explicit consent of the registrant.

Under the new policy the personal information of individual domain name registrants, including registrant name, home address, phone number and e-mail address, will now be automatically protected as private. Full registration information for corporate domain name holders will continue to be accessible and individual registrants may choose to make their information accessible.

Amendment to the CIRA Dispute Resolution Policy (CDRP) Rules

  • The new WHOIS Policy may make it more difficult for an individual or organization to prove that a domain was registered by another party in bad faith.

CIRA proposed in the second public consultation to amend the CDRP Rules, making it easier for the complainant to provide proper evidence in order to prove their case. This solution maintains maximum privacy protection while ensuring the effectiveness of the CDRP.

Adopting these rules for all TLDs will not only radically reduce spam, stalking, and fear of freely expressing one’s self, but will put an end to whois-privacy extortion.  Currently GoDaddy whois-privacy plan must be paid indefinately.  Cancelling at any point reveals the hidden information.  There is currently NO procedure to change the underlying whois informaiton PRIOR to cancelling whois-privacy. Fat lot of good that is to the consumer.

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