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  • To: "comments-ppsai-initial-05may15@xxxxxxxxx" <comments-ppsai-initial-05may15@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Save domain name privacy
  • From: Juha-Pekka Junnikkala <jp_junnikkala@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:20:12 +0300

Dear ICANN – 
Regarding the proposed rules governing companies that provide WHOIS privacy 
services (as set forth in the Privacy and Policy Services Accreditation Issues 
Policy document):
I urge you to respect internet users' rights to privacy and due process.- 
Everyone deserves the right to privacy.- No one’s personal information should 
be revealed without a court order, regardless of whether the request comes from 
a private individual or law enforcement agency.
Private information should be kept private. Thank you.
As my own comment I would like to add that I do not see the proposed changes to 
domain name privacy as a good thing at all, as the internet is much more than 
just a platform to police and protect copyright. It has become a system that we 
all depend upon more or less, with our social lives being shared with other 
individuals around the world, with education and entertainment only a few 
clicks away and information and news being shared with everyone, wherever you 
may be.
The internet used to be a place where you could act anonymously, with a 
nickname or with your real name if you chose to do so. While acting with your 
real name would show responsibility and accountability for your words and 
actions, it always opened up a door for someone to misuse that information. 
There's always been a fine line if you should reveal this information on a site 
or not, and I feel the same applies to domain name registration. Some people 
take great risks to bring out sensitive information that should be public but 
isn't because of censorship or heavy propaganda, some run a business that needs 
the privacy for security reasons. Nonetheless there are applications and 
situations where an individuals private information should not be public and 
should only be revealed with a court order, if need be. 

I hope we can all have that choice to keep our private information private in 
the future. Thank You.
- Juha-Pekka Junnikkala                                           

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