[whois-tf3-report-comments] WHOIS/ICANN report on WHOIS database requirements
It would be good not to penalize non-commercial users for providing inaccurate sensitive information such as their names, addresses, or telephone numbers. They should only be required to provide accurate technical contact information. Many of them might represent groups that are operating in countries where the governments do not fully respect human rights such as freedom of expression or peaceable assembly. Providing sensitive contact information could not only make such users vulnerable to spamming and criminal activities, but it could also make certain NGOs more susceptible to persecution perpetrated by governments or other groups. Therefore, it would be good for the ICANN to consider not penalizing website owners/operators for providing false names, addresses, telephone numbers, or personal e-mail addresses in the WHOIS database.