Wednesday, October 31, 2007

ICANN Council Stalls on WHOIS Privacy

David Kravets writes on Threat Level:

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers voted down a proposal Wednesday to grant internet domain owners privacy.

Instead, the ICANN council voted 17-7 to continue studying whether it should abandon its policy requiring domain site owners' personal or proxy information to appear on a Whois search. After nearly two hours of debate, the group voted to investigate formulating a policy that ensures "appropriate privacy safeguards for natural persons, lawful access to data for rights enforcement, consumer protection, law enforcement and anti-crime purposes."

The council for the governing body of domain registrations, voted down a measure that would have allowed Whois reporting requirements to expire at the end of 2008.

More here.


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