[ga] Commerce under pressure to clean up giant Web database <Whois>
All former DNSO GA members,
Seems that ICANN's doodling has yet again beginning to smell
bad regarding Whois...
"A little-known global database of Web site owners has grown into a
significant worldwide cyber-crime tracking device - and a major source
of concern to privacy advocates and foreign governments. Despite its
growing importance, the so-called "Whois" data is plagued with
inaccuracies, as well as technical, legal, and ethical problems. The
Commerce Department is facing increasing pressure to clean it up.
As the creator of the Internet, the U.S. government remains responsible
for ensuring its stability and competitiveness. For this task, it
created a nonprofit corporation in 1998 that is growing up in its own
right: the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN,
which is based in Los Angeles, manages the domain-name system for Web
site addresses with endings such as .com, .net, and .org. It operates
under a memorandum of understanding with the Commerce Department. The
agreement expires on September 30.
To obtain a domain name, an applicant must pay a domain-name retailer,
or registrar. Registrars are required, through contracts with ICANN, to
collect personal information about the registrant, keep it up to date,
and make it public. This information, mainly contact details, is the
Whois data, and it is coming under intense scrutiny from a variety of
Jeffrey A. Williams
Spokesman for INEGroup LLA. - (Over 131k members/stakeholders strong!)
"Be precise in the use of words and expect precision from others" -
CEO/DIR. Internet Network Eng. SR. Eng. Network data security
Information Network Eng. Group. INEG. INC.
Contact Number: 214-244-4827 or 214-244-3801