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Whois Accuracy Program Specification Review - feedback

  • To: comments-whois-accuracy-14may15-en@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Whois Accuracy Program Specification Review - feedback
  • From: Jackson Tabbris <jacksontabbris@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:06:30 +0000

I am writing to express my opinion on the issue of prohibiting Whois
proxies, and making the Whois information public for all who wish to
view it.

 From my experience, this could be crippling to small websites, online
communities, and businesses who are involved in internet societies and
are open to attacks from certain groups or individuals. Making
information such as the owner's full name, phone number, and home
address public could result in consequences reaching into the real

Some people unlucky enough to have had their personal information
released to the public found themselves harassed or "swatted"
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swatting) - which could in some cases
even be life-threatening. I am not going to explain in detail the more
obvious repercussions such as spamming and stalking.

Right now, domain owners have a layer of protection. Be it a political
website in an unsafe environment (an oppressive regime?), a homepage
of a person who invoked the wrath of some aggressive internet forum,
or anything else, the owners can have confidence that, as long as
their websites aren't in violation of US law, their identities are

This doesn't necessarily regard such extreme or dangerous situations.
Simply knowing that your identity is safe is enough to provide
sufficient comfort for someone to embark on a project. Such personal
freedom is what we owe the flourishing of our internet to. In place of
potentially biased, centralised sources, we now have access to a vast
array of opinions and views. If we want to continue improving our
society, such free internet is an irreplaceable tool.

Thus, I believe that such privacy on the internet is not just
important, but necessary for its future. I hope you will consider my
opinion, and I thank you for being open to feedback, as always.

PS: Personally, I value my privacy in regards to the domain names I
own. On some of them, I publish my information of my own will (a
portfolio website, for example). On others, I hide it, as users of my
forums have no need to access it - and this is a very important
factor, allowing me to manage my community with a sense of security.

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