More on WHOIS Privacy by John Levine

ICANN logoFollowing up on his article last week on the ICANN WHOIS privacy battle, John Levine concludes this short article saying, “The biggest problem with WHOIS is that much of the data is wrong, and (unlike cars and corporations) there are no meaningful consequences if a registrant lies. If the OPOC proposal were combined with changes to ensure that the data behind the OPOC were real, that could lead to a deal. But the idea that someone should be responsible for even minimal verification of the OPOC itself, much less the rest of the info met with horror. It’s too much work! It’s someone else’s problem! So, no surprise, no deal.” There is also a follow-up discussion at the end of the article.
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