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ICANN Must Make User Privacy a Central Tenet for New Registrations, Says EFF

In a statement released today, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has criticized ICANN for not being proactive on privacy matters, saying the organization "can't seem to wrap its head around" the issue. EFF sates that the current WHOIS system is fundamentally flawed and that "ICANN must make user privacy a central tenet of any new registration data system." To achieve that goal, EFF proposes any new system should collect the minimum amount of data required for legitimate purposes, and make such data available only as needed to fulfill such purposes.

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Same old John Levine  –  Sep 10, 2015 8:55 AM PST

I wish someone at the EFF would realize it's not 1997 any more, the vast majority of domain registrations are for businesses, and a large fraction of that is for crooked businesses. If they really care about personal privacy, they should start with the tens of thousands of new phishing domains registered every day.

Just out of curiosity John Berryhill  –  Oct 09, 2015 12:41 PM PST

John, when you say "the vast majority" and "a large fraction", is this in reference to any published numbers on business/non-business domain utilization and crooked/non-crooked businesses?

I picture something like "90%" and "1/4" as "vast majority" and "large fraction", but I'm sure those words mean different things to almost everyone who reads them.

I'd be interested in seeing the numbers, and the methodology used.

aw, come on John Levine  –  Oct 09, 2015 12:45 PM PST

I download the .com file every day. You need only look at it to see how obviously true this is.

I've never seen figures supporting what you said John Berryhill  –  Oct 09, 2015 1:46 PM PST


I doubt I could look at 125 million pieces of data and know what 'the vast majority' or a 'large fraction' of them are doing.  I was genuinely curious to know if there are any sort of recent utilization figures to wrap my head around what those phrases might suggest.

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