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ISPCP Comments on Staff Overview of recent WHOIS activities

  • To: <whois-comments-2007@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: ISPCP Comments on Staff Overview of recent WHOIS activities
  • From: "Mark McFadden - ISPCP Secretariat" <mcfadden@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 12:16:48 -0500

The ISPCP is pleased to submit this statement on WHOIS, in response to the
"Staff overview on the activities of the Whois Task Force and the Whois
Working Group".


Firstly we would like to thank the ICANN staff for this report, which
contributes to presenting a complex debate in a summarized and organized


The ISPCP has followed the debate on WHOIS, throughout the proceedings
involving both the WHOIS Task Force and the WHOIS Working group, with close
interest and active participation. The issues that have been debated and
re-debated over several years tend to expose some rather inevitable


.         Registrant data is not validated, and thus any registrant can
furnish false information for WHOIS purposes.

.         Thus in a significant percentage, the concerns on privacy refer to
inaccurate data sets, since no validation is conducted on the information

.         Validation of data has not been attempted partly because of the
stated costs borne by registrars.  

.         Registrants concerned about personal data privacy, have the option
of buying the service of "private registration" (proxy service) from a
registrar, thus concealing their own registrant data. Registrants can also
find "shelter" for their data privacy under their own national laws, in many
instances, by registering a domain in their own ccTLD registry.

.         The "OPOC" solution does not, in its current form, address the
substantial concerns raised by the ISPCP and broadly throughout the Internet
community, including who gets access to registrant data, OPOC
responsibilities and other practical details.  

.         There has not been a sufficient review of other possible
alternatives such as the "special circumstances" proposal or "tiered access"
models both of which limit some but not all access to Whois data.  

.         These proposed models would benefit from the same in depth
discussion awarded to the OPOC solution, and may bear more productive

.         The discussions of the WHOIS Working Group served to highlight
considerable input, from sectors normally involved with pursuing and
counteracting cybercrime activities, which invariably use websites to "trap"
their victims, and thus require immediate investigative action.  The ISPCP
believes cybercrime, is a very significant threat to Internet users
(including domain registrants) and has a substantial negative impact to the
security and stability of the Internet.  Cybercrime, in its many varied
forms, including predatory behavior against minors, financial and consumer
fraud and identity theft pose a very real and direct threat to individual
privacy and to national sovereignty when a primary tool used for detection
and prevention of such crimes is removed from legitimate users and law
enforcement authorities.   

.         The discussions of the WHOIS Working Group failed to come up with
consensus solutions to some basic and practical concerns:

-          How can quick and efficient response to anti-cybercrime data
gathering be ensured from an OPOC?  

             -   What parties have access to the hidden data?

             -   Who decides which parties have access to the hidden data?

             -   Who pays for the costs involved in providing access to
hidden data?


Finally, there are various issues pertaining to an implementation of the
OPOC model, as reflected in the Staff report, that are far from achieving
consensus support.

In this context, the ISPCP believes that promoting a GNSO resolution to move
OPOC to an implementation phase, is not appropriate and fails to consider
the very broad set of concerns raised by the community at large.  .


Thus we would like to re-state certain considerations that our constituency
has submitted in the past, namely:



ISPCP Uses of Whois Data 


1.      to research and verify domain registrants that could vicariously
cause liability for ISPs b/c of illegal, deceptive or infringing content. 

2.      to prevent or detect sources of security attacks of their networks
and servers

3.      to identify sources of consumer fraud, spam and denial of service
attacks and incidents

4.      to effectuate UDRP proceedings

5.      to support technical operations of ISPs or network administrators


The members of the ISPCP constituency continue to depend on WHOIS for the
actions listed above, and in the course of our last meetings, have expressed
their concerns on potential changes that could hinder their ability to
perform these actions in a timely and effective manner.


Public statements, including this one on whois, are developed through a
bottom-up, participant-led process.  In the case of this statement, the
ISPCP has used its long-established drafting and editing process for
drafting, editing and vetting the document.



Mark McFadden

Secretariat, ISPCP Constituency



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