December 17, 2007

Open access whois

During the last public ICANN meeting (LA, Oct. 29 - Nov. 2), there has been a discussion on a proposal to restrict the public display of information that registrants provide when registering domain names (aka whois).
The Generic Names Supporting Organization brought a formal end to the whois policy development process by adopting a proposal brought by the International Trademark Association. Following this proposal, the current Whois system will remain intact (at least temporarily). The INTA also recommended that "ICANN initiate an objective study on the legitimate uses and abuses of Whois data before proceeding with further policy development work on the subject".

The GNSO Council also voted to launch a policy development process on domain name tasting

[Source: INTA Bulletin, December 15, 2007, Vol. 62, No. 23]

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