The Whois database may disappear… An ICANN committee is considering a sunset proposal at its meeting this week in Los Angeles that would effectively scrap the directory system on privacy grounds. Among those arguments is that a public-by-default Whois listing may run afoul of Canadian and European Union privacy laws.
This is not a new debate but the debate has advanced. An ICANN task force published a report last year listing the widely differing views of intellectual-property lobbyists, Internet service providers, noncommercial users, and so on.
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