[ppml] Policy Proposal 2003-3: Residential Customer Privacy

sigma at smx.pair.com sigma at smx.pair.com
Fri Jul 25 12:55:17 EDT 2003

> If they won't communicate then what's the point of publishing any sort
> of address? At least if there is no address published, you will know
> right away that communication will be a problem and that you need to
> find some intermediary like an upstream AS, for instance.
> Now that is far more productive than a whois directory full of garbage.

Every organization *should* be willing to communicate.  Allowing them to
opt-out just rolls over and lets organizations "get away with" being
non-responsive.  That's a problem which would only be made worse by
legitimizing non-responsiveness.

I'd rather have non-responsive contact addresses, or even outdated contact
addresses, than to just say "it's OK, you don't have to have any address,
nobody will mind".  At least with the former you have some chance of
tracking something down.  Saying that organizations should be allowed to
have no listing seems like completely the wrong idea.


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