[At-Large] Impressions from the Whois-Review

Lutz Donnerhacke lutz at iks-jena.de
Tue Feb 1 02:59:08 UTC 2011

* Karl Auerbach wrote:
> Real law enforcement agencies are not part of the whois equation

Unfortunly that's not correct. The AoC 9.3.1 set up the mandate for the
review team as follows:

  ICANN additionally commits to enforcing its existing policy relating to
  WHOIS, subject to applicable laws. Such existing policy requires that
  ICANN implement measures to maintain timely, unrestricted and public
  access to accurate and complete WHOIS information, including registrant,
  technical, billing, and administrative contact information. One year from
  the effective date of this document and then no less frequently than every
  three years thereafter, ICANN will organize a review of WHOIS policy and
  its implementation to assess the extent to which WHOIS policy is effective
  and its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement and
  promotes consumer trust. [... organizational details ...]

One can argue, that the review team is not allowed to even consider to think
about the whois servies itself and it's access rules, but have to
concentrate on the question how to reach a whois quality fitting the needs of
law enforcment. Please wait for the transcript or hear into the recording.
This question is obviously a starter item.

> (A bigger question is not "whether law enforcement" but "who is law 
> enforcement"?)

Exactly this question was considered as important enought to form a subgroup.

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