CIRA Proposes New Standard for Domain Name Whois Privacy

By CircleID Reporter

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has announced its proposed policy to provide all dot-ca domain name holders with increased privacy safeguards, bringing it in line with recently-enacted Canadian privacy laws.

The new proposed WHOIS policy — which is the subject of a broad public consultation — would see CIRA continue to collect detailed information from dot-ca domain name registrants, but make only a small amount of the information accessible to the general public in its web-based WHOIS look up directory. The move will ensure greater privacy protections under the dot-ca regime than are currently available with many other Internet domains, such as dot-com.

"This is all about safeguarding people's basic right to privacy in an electronic world," said Bernard Turcotte, President and CEO of CIRA. "The Internet is a wonderful, transformative force. But like all dramatic transformations, great care must be taken to ensure it serves people — not the other way around. That's why we're very proud of the privacy initiative we're taking and of the fact that it sets a new standard among Internet domains."

Under CIRA's proposed new WHOIS policy:

A summary of the policy and comment form are available at

By CircleID Reporter

Related topics: DNS, Domain Names, Privacy, Whois


Re: CIRA Proposes New Standard for Domain Name Whois Privacy JeffCarter  –  Nov 19, 2004 8:30 PM PDT

Cira rocks baby!  Good internet policy.  Canada is where it's at.  .COM is for the dogs.  .CA is totally for me.

Toronto, Canada