Re: [dow1-2tf] RE: WSJ story re Whois and proxy services
- To: "Steven J. Metalitz IIPA" <metalitz@xxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [dow1-2tf] RE: WSJ story re Whois and proxy services
- From: Marc Schneiders <marc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004 20:06:18 +0200 (CEST)
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On Thu, 30 Sep 2004, at 11:41 [=GMT-0400], Steven J. Metalitz IIPA wrote:
> The WSJ article asserts that these services are becoming increasingly
> popular, and that 5% of "new registrants" are using these services.
> In light of this I suggest that we re-visit the question of whether it
> would be productive to find out more about how these services, which
> apparently are becoming an important part of the Whois landscape,
> actually operate.
No, I do not support the idea to research this as part of our TF work.
My impression is, that these cloaking services provide little extra
privacy. The terms of registrars that I read, state that the cloaking
service provider gives up details to anyone saying they have a legal
issue (to avoid being sued themselves). If I would like to get the
details of a woman I want to stalk, I am sure I find a lawyer who gets
these for me for a moderate fee. Read e.g. Enom's terms. If my
impression is wrong, I'd like to learn which cloaking services protect
a registrant as far as a court order. I mean that they don't give up
the details unless there is a court order. (Sorry I am not a lawyer
and English is not my native language.)
In my view cloaking is a secondary solution. We should not need it.
Why ask people to pay extra money to remain private? Should this not
be solved by us in stead of the market? Why do we demand people to
give up their privacy?
If there is a serious legal issue, the courts will provide access to
the whois details. In my view that is it. I know there are serious
trademark and other intellectual property issues that could more
easily and less costly (also for the registrant) be resolved if whois
data remain public. I think, however, that it is the choice of the
domain name registrant to publish her or his details.
Another option might be (perhaps it has been suggested before), that
email messages could be passed on through a registrant by the
registrar or registry. The email address would then remain private,
but contact would be possible. This would be a low level entry for