Comments of Robin Gross on Whois at Sao Paulo Public Forum

By |December 4th, 2006|

"... This year, the US Federal Trade Commission has announced that now in the US, online data mining is the number one crime. Privacy experts, in particular, EPIC, have testified that it is the Whois database that is one of the most significant contributors to this problem. We need to pay some attention to the security interests of ordinary, everyday Internet users who register domain names, and not just the large intellectual property rights holders. They have legal mechanisms at their disposal if someone is violating their rights. It's called due process of law. I really haven't heard any explanation for why legal due process should be circumvented in this case. ..."

ICANN’s Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) Meeting on Whois, the New MoU, and Right to Privacy

By |December 3rd, 2006|

Join ICANN's Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) on 5 Dec. at the ICANN Board Meeting in Sáo Paulo, Brazil for a discussion on ICANN's Whois personal database policy and its implication for the privacy rights of Internet users.

ICANN’s “Data Valdez” – The Future of Whois Privacy Policy – Panel in New York City on 8 November

By |October 21st, 2006|

The controversy over ICANN's "Whois" personal data policy, which conflicts with a number of national and international privacy guarantees, is the topic of an upcoming panel discussion sponsored by the New York Internet Society. ICANN requires Internet domain name registrants to publish their personal information, like their home address and telephone number on the Internet in its "Whois" database. ICANN's policy has caused a lot of problems for people because spammers use the personal information, the data is used to engage in identity theft, to send bogus legal demands, and silence freedom of expression on the Internet.

NCUC Summary: Comments to ICANN from Commissioners & Organizations on WHOIS & Privacy

By |August 25th, 2006|

BACKGROUNDER BY NONCOMMERCIAL USERS CONSTITUENCY International Data Protection Laws:
Comments to ICANN from Commissioners and Organizations Regarding WHOIS and the Protection of Privacy
(Original .PDF)

The Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) feels that ICANN and the WHOIS TF must pay close attention to the authoritative formal written comments made by Data Protection Commissioners and their organizations. These opinions […]

NCUC Contribution to IGF on ICANN Whois Privacy Issue

By |August 2nd, 2006|

Contribution Memorandum: Privacy Implications of WHOIS Database Policy
Submitted to the Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum by the ICANN Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) For IGF Greece 2006, Athens, 30 October – 2 November, 2006
The Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) is the part of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that represents the interests […]

NCUC’s Table of National Laws and WHOIS Privacy (.xls)

By |June 22nd, 2006|

A comparative analysis of national laws and how they relate to privacy and ICANN’s WhoIs policy. Nations analyzed include the United States, France, Australia, Japan, China, Spain, Israel, Italy, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Poland, and Barbados.

NCUC’s Table of National Laws and WHOIS Privacy. (.XLS)

ICANN Threatens Civil Rights of Website Owners: Intellectual Property Interests Govern Use of Personal Information

By |July 5th, 2004|

IP Justice Comments on ICANN WHOIS Preliminary Reports

5 July 2004    view as .doc     view as .pdf

ICANN Threatens Civil Rights of Website Owners:
Intellectual Property Interests Govern Use of Personal Information
July 5, 2004
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Attention: Whois Task Force

4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 330

Marina del Rey, CA

90292-6601
RE: IP Justice Commentary on […]

IP Justice Signs NGO Letter to ICANN on WHOIS Privacy Violations

By |October 28th, 2003|

WHOIS Letter to ICANN

28 October 2003

Mr. Paul Twomey
President and Chief Executive Officer
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 330
Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6601
United States of America

Dear Mr. Twomey,

We write to you, on behalf of many consumer and civil liberties organizations from around the world, regarding the significant privacy issues surrounding the WHOIS […]