[dow2tf] Statement by the Registry Constituency
With apologies for the late filing, here is the Registry Constituency Statement of position on WHOIS Task Force 2.
REGISTRY CONSTITUENCY STATEMENT
Please see the chart showing the data fields and the information currently displayed by each registry in the WHOIS:
Registries are providers of WHOIS service rather than users. However, each member uses the data under the heading "General Information" in the referenced chart as an essential part of registry information, and registries must on occasion obtain information from registrars, or provide information to registrars, e.g., in cases of transfer disputes. The data under the other headings is generally not used by the unsponsored registries.
The Registry Constituency recognizes the importance of protection of personal privacy, but does not believe that there are significant privacy concerns with respect to the data under the heading "General Information". There are privacy concerns about making any other data publicly available.
The Registry Constituency does not see a need for additional fields beyond those presently available within WHOIS.
The Registry Constituency is aware that there are some registrar services that offer anonymous registration or limited privacy protection for some TLDs. Generally this is not the case of sponsored TLDs where strict eligibility criteria apply. In some instances, e.g., response to legal process, lifting of anonymity is required.