Post Tagged with: "WHOIS"

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

Canadian Press on CIRA Whois Change

The Canadian Press covers the upcoming CIRA Whois change, with CIRA President Byron Holland promoting the fact that the policy will put CIRA at the forefront internationally and acknowledging that the current approach is not consistent with the spirit of the law (I think a strong case can be made […]

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May 24, 2008 1 comment Must Reads

New CIRA Whois Policy Strikes Balance Between Privacy and Access

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) focuses this week on the new CIRA whois policy that is scheduled to take effect on June 10, 2008.  The whois issue has attracted little public attention, yet it has been the subject of heated debate within the domain name community for many years.  It revolves around the whois database, a publicly accessible, searchable list of domain name registrant information (as in "who is" the registrant of a particular domain name).

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May 1, 2008 5 comments Columns

New Canadian WHOIS Policy Balances Privacy With Public Access

Appeared in the Toronto Star on April 28, 2008 as Domain Name Policy Puts Us in Internet Vanguard Earlier this month, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, the agency that manages the dot-ca domain, celebrated its one millionth domain name registration.  While that represents an important milestone, a far more noteworthy […]

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April 28, 2008 1 comment Columns Archive

CIRA’s New WHOIS Policy To Take Effect in June

The Canadian Trademark Blog notes that after years of consultations and discussion, CIRA has finally committed to a date for implementing its revised WHOIS policy.  As of June 10, 2008, CIRA will no longer release information about individual registrants.  Registrants can still opt-in to having their information posted to the […]

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April 18, 2008 3 comments News