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Re: [alac] GAO Report on Domain Names

  • To: Bret Fausett <bfausett@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [alac] GAO Report on Domain Names
  • From: Wendy Seltzer <wendy@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2005 00:16:22 -0500

So whom can we lobby to get the GAO to look into the privacy concerns of domain name registrants and the amount of spam and solicitation that results from having accurate contact information in WHOIS?

I agree that GAO is generally unbiased, but some of the secondary items here, like the justifications for WHOIS accuracy, seem to have been taken right out of the IP subommittee's playbook rather than from any factual investigation.


At 11:57 PM 12/7/2005, Bret Fausett wrote:
The nice thing about the GAO is that its data is usually accurate and unbiased. Of course, it's the question that the GAO was asked to research that colors the result. This report was prepared at the behest of the House Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, which has an unusual IP bias, and I suspect the results of the report will be used for additional whois accuracy laws. If the GAO had been asked to look at privacy issues too, I assume its work would have been accurate and unbiased on those issues as well.


Wendy Seltzer -- wendy@xxxxxxxxxxx
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

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