Archive for June 10th, 2008

CIRA Creates Backdoor WHOIS Exceptions for Police and IP Owners

Earlier this year, I wrote glowingly about the new CIRA whois policy, which took effect today and which I described as striking the right balance between access and privacy.  The policy was to have provided new privacy protection to individual registrants – hundreds of thousands of Canadians – by removing the public disclosure of their personal contact information (though the information is collected and stored by domain name registrars). 

Apparently I spoke too soon.  Faced with the prospect of a privacy balance, special interests representing law enforcement and trademark holders quietly pressured CIRA to create a backdoor that will enable these two groups (and these two groups alone) to have special access to registrant information.  In the case of law enforcement, police can bring cases to CIRA involving immediate risk to children or the Internet (ie. denial-of-service attacks) and CIRA will hand over registrant information without court oversight.  In the case of trademark holders (as well as copyright and patent owners), claims that a domain name infringes their rights will be enough to allow CIRA to again disclose registrant information.

This represents a stunning about-face after years of public consultation on the whois policy.  

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June 10, 2008 16 comments News

Prentice’s Made in Canada Spin

Susan Delacourt of the Toronto Star reports that people have spotted signs around the Industry Canada headquarters sporting the slogan "Made in Canada Copyright Reform." The report suggests that Industry Minister Jim Prentice has dropped the "Putting Consumers First" line that he used at the spectrum auction announcement (consumers are […]

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June 10, 2008 27 comments News

CRTC Considers Dropping Mandatory Telecom Disclosures

While concern over the lack of transparency associated with Internet and telecom services has been mounting, the CRTC has just launched a public consultation on the prospect of eliminating mandatory disclosures, relying instead on market forces.  The outcome of this consultation could lead to dramatic changes in what the telcom […]

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June 10, 2008 6 comments News

Competition Bureau Releases Telecom Industry Abuse Bulletin

The Competition Bureau has released a new bulletin on abuse of dominance provisions as applied to the telecommunications industry.

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June 10, 2008 3 comments Must Reads

Petition Against System-Access Fees

Liberal MP David McGuinty has supplemented his private member's bill that legislates against system access fees with a petition on point.

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June 10, 2008 9 comments Must Reads