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iCANN - Respect Our Privacy | Lots of problems with your idea

  • To: comments-ppsai-initial-05may15@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: iCANN - Respect Our Privacy | Lots of problems with your idea
  • From: Robust <me@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:47:27 +0100

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. I want 
to just empathise just how many people use the internet. We aren't naive enough 
to believe that the internet is filled with good people. Most of the people 
don't use WHOIS information for valid reasons like contacting a domain holder. 
They use it to get information on people, blackmail, harass or cause harm to 
other people. It's an absolute joke what people use WHOIS information for, and 
I'm almost annoyed that people have to pay for WHOIS protection with services.

I personally use Namecheap, who kindly provide free WHOISGuard - but a lot of 
people use registrars who charge for this functionality. I think it's 
essential. With WHOIS records being a few clicks away, and thousands of 
websites available to look up a domain's information, I think it's really 
important to offer security to owners of businesses.

Larger, registered businesses show business information anyway. Why do we need 
to show our home address and personal information to get spammed, harassed and 
have people 'acting big' because they have our information. You simply can't be 
naive enough to think this is at all a step in the right direction.

My final point, I'm not sure how much problem you have with WHOIS Inaccuracy 
right now, but you're going to have HUGE issues with WHOIS Inaccuracy if this 
goes through. People will be faking their details left right and centre. You 
might say you'll suspend them, but how many domains are you going to suspend? 
Are you planning to ruin online business or something?

You seriously need to reevaluate your decisions if you even consider this to be 
an option. It's plain stupid, sorry for being rude but I can't say anything 


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