What Should ICANN Do About WHOIS? - UPDATE
Braden Cox writes on The Technology Liberation Front:
One of the largest issues to be considered here at the Los Angeles ICANN meeting is about WHOIS. As the AP reports, there are proposals to eliminate the WHOIS database, modify the information process, or call for more studies. Indeed, there’s a lot of people interested in this topic, particularly privacy advocates on the one side and trademark owners on the other.Indeed. -ferg
But there’s more to this issue than privacy and IP rights. The reality is that WHOIS is important for law enforcement to track criminals that steal personal information.
UPDATE: 18:51 PDT: Brian Krebs has a very nice summary of the issues here in The Washington Post. - ferg