[At-Large] Issue Report on Thick Whois

Patrick Vande Walle patrick at vande-walle.eu
Fri Nov 25 11:13:06 UTC 2011

On 25/11/11 11:35, Lutz Donnerhacke wrote:
> Thank you for pointing the discussion back.
> I do prefer thin WHOIS, because every party has to provide the information
> which can be verified by the party itself and for which the party is liable
> directly (they simply has to know their contrators/customers/resellers).
> So thin WHOIS make the chain of responsiblity visible without preventing
> access to information (despite local law might oppose).
> Thick WHOIS is the model to hide the chain of responsiblity by copying
> personal data (of a third party) outsite of the jurisdiction of the contract
> parties.


I would add that, in some parts of the world, exporting personal data of
citizens to a third country is mostly illegal. The thin WHOIS model has
the advantage of allowing registrars to (mostly) comply with local law.  


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