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

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Fri Jul 25 14:28:40 EDT 2003

As someone who has IP allocations in my house, I must say I can see both
sides to this issue.  However, we aren't necessarily talking about ORGS
in this case.  It is not unusual today for end-user consumers to have
multiple computers and receive a /28 or /29 from their provider for those
computers to share an internet link.  We're talking about a family
with two working parents and a couple of high-school to college age kids
all of whom have their own systems, for example.  With the inexpensive
availablity of DSL and 802.11, this is becoming less common.  This is a
good thing.  However, I can see the desire of the average household to
not publish their home address, names, and phone numbers in whois.  I have
chosen to publish mine, but I can understand many people choosing not to.

In this case, their provider should still have to account for the space
to ARIN, but, it is not unreasonable, if the provider chooses to, for the
provider to take responsibility for handling abuse complaints and contact
about problems with the network.  If the provider can't contact the customer
and get the issue resolved, they should turn off their access until it is.


--On Friday, July 25, 2003 12:35 PM -0400 sigma at smx.pair.com wrote:

>> P.P.S. we are talking about the public whois directory here, not ARIN's
>> internal
>> databases which they collect from us under NDA. There will, of course,
>> be  a lot more
>> detail about allocations and assignments in ARIN's internal systems.
> How does moving some WHOIS data into an internal database better serve
> ARIN's community?  The details of allocations should be as transparent as
> reasonably possible, and the level of information in WHOIS at present is
> sufficient except that it lacks verification - which is a different issue.
> The idea that an organization should opt out of listing any contact
> addresses because they aren't willing to communicate regarding problems
> with their netblock seems quite counterproductive.
> Kevin

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