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  • To: comments-ppsai-initial-05may15@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: WHOIS Privacy
  • From: Terry Kennedy <TERRY@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 02:06:08 -0400 (EDT)

  As the owner of a number of non-commercial domains, some for over 20
years, I am very concerned about any actions that reduce privacy pro-
tections for registrants.


  It is a matter of personal safety. You might not give this any
  thought, but as someone who was repeatedly stalked by a mentally ill
  person, it is a major concern of mine. That is why my registrant info
  is private.


  I find it hard to see what "problems" this policy is attempting to 
  "solve". If someone needs to contact me about any of the domains I
  have registered, email is forwarded nearly instantaneously and I will
  respond as appropriate - exactly the same as if they had emailed me
  at my actual address, but with more privacy.

  If a domain registrant doesn't want to answer their email, then how
  that email got to them is of no importance.


  There are exising policies in place for dealing with issues where the
  registrant is non-responsive and there is an actual issue - the reg-
  istrant's hosting provider can be asked to take down pages or the en-
  tire site, and in extreme cases the domain itself can be either placed
  in a non-resolving administrative status or legally seized.


  By preventing registrars from offering privacy services or reducing
  the functionality of existing services, this policy is going to move
  the "real" information to a place out of reach of the registrar and
  ICANN. For example, if it appears that this policy is going to be
  implemented, I will simply update my registrations to point to a Post
  Office box (or similar) in a nearby city and use a nondescript email
  address at a site that offers email, such as Google, Yahoo, etc.

In conclusion:

  This policy will not be effective in achieving its goals, and is harm-
ful to registrants who have an actual need for privacy as well as those
who simply prefer privacy (just as many people have unlisted telephone


        Terry Kennedy             http://www.tmk.com
                                  New York, NY USA

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