Eternal problems with Whois

Question Whois costs to ICANN on the agenda for many years. In 2009, ICANN and the US Department of Commerce signed a commitment under which the corporation must including solve the problems associated with the service WhoIs. These issues are discussed for many years at different levels and in ICANN, and in government, and the industry: Should be anonymous WhoIs, should be access to the service free of charge, what information should be displayed there, which rules in this regard must act and how to deal with spammers who use their own purposes information about the owners of domain names. And many domain owners refer to themselves in the Whois is Osama bin Laden, the Sherlock Holmes is God.

Whois questions appeared in the ICANN Strategic Plan for the next 4 years, announced in the last year. Whois problems discussed at a separate meeting of the Governmental Committee to ICANN in Singapore last summer. Representatives of the governments of Eastern Europe then urged at ICANN secure customer identification procedures registrars. But the rest of the members of the GAC, and loggers themselves opposed this initiative, considering that 23% – it is not as significant a figure to make changes in the rules of registration, significantly complicates the procedure of registration of domains for users and registrars.

In our country, in 2009, had a similar initiative, according to which the Registrar had to demand from clients copies of documents to identify them. Registrars then got a lot of false documents, were forced to spend resources on the storage and processing of all this information, as a result of last year’s procedure simplified, and authentication of documents now to register names in RU and the Russian Federation is not required.

In the spring of last year in Russia ceased to show the data of individuals in the Whois service in accordance with the law on personal data. The same practice is followed in .FR domains and .CAT. Representatives of the latter explained that if someone wants to contact the owner of the domain – an individual, he can fill in a special online form; notification of this comes to the domain owner, which tried to contact, and he will decide: whether or not to answer. Doing the same intermediary firms, which for a fee replace data in Whois on their own, and to transmit this letter to the owner.

Do not show data about individuals and Ukraine.

A company VeriSign, which administers the area COM and NET, did not lead a single, centralized database Whois. Recorders that enable us to obtain the name of the zones and .COM .NET, now use a so-called “thin” model Whois, according to which each accredited registrar manages its own database on the owners names. ICANN wants to go to the administrator “thick” model, but the discussion always postponed. How are deposited and global reforms and Whois side of the ICANN.