ARIN-PPML Message

[ppml] Policy Proposal 2006-1: Residential Customer Privacy - to be revised

The ARIN Advisory Council (AC), acting under the provisions of the ARIN 
Internet Resource Policy Evaluation Process (IRPEP), has reviewed policy 
proposal 2006-1: Residential Customer Privacy and has determined that 
while there is no community consensus in favor of the proposal, there is 
consensus that the proposal should be revised and discussed further. The 
AC made this determination at their meeting at the conclusion of the 
ARIN Public Policy meeting on April 11, 2006. The results of the AC 
meeting were reported by the Chair of the AC at the member meeting. This 
report can be found at 
http://www.arin.net/meetings/minutes/ARIN_XVII/mem.html

The AC will work with the author of the proposal to make the community 
suggested revisions and return the proposal to the PPML for further 
discussion.

The current policy proposal text is provided below and is also available 
at http://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/2006_1.html

The ARIN Internet Resource Policy Evaluation Process can be found at 
http://www.arin.net/policy/irpep.html

Regards,

Member Services
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

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Policy Proposal 2006-1: Residential Customer Privacy

Policy statement

Proposal type: modify (NRPM sections 4.2.3.7.6 and 6.5.5.1)

Policy Term: permanent

An organization with downstream residential customers may substitute 
that organization's name for the customer's name, e.g. 'Private customer 
- XYZ Network', and the customer's entire address may be replaced with 
'Private Residence'. Each private downstream residential reassignment 
must have accurate upstream Abuse and Technical POCs visible on the 
WHOIS record for that block.

NRPM Section 3.2 on Distributed Information Server Use Requirements 
(from policy proposal 2003-5) is also updated by striking the words 
"that includes displaying only the city, state, zip code, and country".

Policy Rationale

This policy allows for a residential customer's entire physical address 
to be suppressed, not just the street name and number. It also removes 
the US-centric phrases "state" and "zip code" from the NRPM, reflecting 
ARIN's broader service area.

In many cases, a postal code or even a city name can identify few enough 
individuals, particularly considering the set of those likely to have 
their own IP assignments, that the intent of policy proposal 2003-3 is 
constructively defeated.