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[fwd] [council] Important WHOIS decision in Australia (from: Mueller@xxxxxxx)

Thomas Roessler  <roessler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
At-Large Advisory Committee: http://alac.info/

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From: Milton Mueller <Mueller@xxxxxxx>
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Cc: council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 11:03:30 -0400
Subject: [council] Important WHOIS decision in Australia

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

ASIC Fails To Get Full Access To Whois Data
Mandy Bryan

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has failed in a bid to 
gain unfettered access to the Whois database of Australian website owners, in a 
policy review finalised yesterday. ASIC and other law enforcement agencies had 
argued during public consultation that they should be granted bulk access to 
the database. The consultation related to the annual review of policy 
surrounding the collection, use and disclosure of Whois data.

Australia's domain name regulator, auDA, ruled in its updated policy
yesterday that law enforcement agencies must request full data on a
case-by-case basis during official investigations.

"We do not believe that it is appropriate to compromise the integrity of the 
Whois database and privacy of registrants merely for the convenience of law 
enforcement officials," auDA's chief, Chris Dispain, said.

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