Publishing vs. privacy of contact information of website domains
To Whois: I think that Whois should keep on as it is showing contact information of registrants and registrars of website domains: names, phones, fax, mail and physical addresses, etc. and should actually improve the accuracy of such information thru verifiying with other publishers of contact information such as the directories of White Pages and Yellow Pages, postal addresses, etc. Those who register a website domain are actually registering a business and business as a rule want to publish and make its business known to the general public. This is standard for business. However, privacy laws are to do with individuals and residential informations and are the exact opposite in intent from what businesses want. That the general public can check with neutral third parties such as Whois, Yellow and White Pages, post offices for physical addresses is wonderful and good for businesses in terms of being known to the public, the customers of businesses. To hide contact information of a business website is going contrary to the intentions of businesses who actually want to attract customers, not hide from them! Whois is the website equivalent of the directories of the such as Yellow and White Pages for phone and fax numbers, ditto the Postal books for physical and mail addresses. It is IMPORTANT to keep such contact information and accurate to the general public, so that anyone can contact directly the registrant of any domain on the internet. It would also help if Whois improves its accuracy of the registrant's informations, when tracking down fraudsters who like hiding behind fake addresses or using other people's addresses and contact informations, impostering real businesses, to deceive the general public. There should be a verification procedure of contact information put in place when people register domains. Imelda O. Suzara 416 203 6909 A business website is a wise investment for a global market. http://immortalinvestmentsinternational.com Phone: 416 2036909 224 Queen Street East (Rear), Toronto --------------------------------- Check out the hottest 2008 models today at Yahoo! Autos.