[ppml] Policy Proposal 2005-2: Directory Services Overhaul

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Policy Proposal 2005-2: Directory Services Overhaul

Author: Leo Bicknell

Policy term: permanent

Policy statement:

Replace all of section three with the following rewrite.

3 Directory Services

   3.1 ARIN Directory Services Databases

      The ARIN Public Information Database (APID) is a collection
      of information created and collected by ARIN during the due
      course of business which the ARIN membership has deemed public
      information and decided to publish.

      The ARIN Confidential Information Database (ACID) is a collection
      of information created and collected by ARIN during the due course
      of business which the ARIN membership has deemed is confidential
      information that should be kept under a strict privacy policy.

   3.2 Directory Information Made Public

      ARIN shall publish verified contact information and the
      resource(s) allocated (including identification for that
      allocation, like date of allocation or other information
      identified by ARIN) in the APID in the following cases:

          - All resources delegated by ARIN.
          - If allowed by the parent delegation, and requested by
            the contact listed with the parent, a subdelegation of a

      ARIN shall insure all contact information in the APID is
      verified from time to time and is correct to the best of ARIN's
      ability. ARIN staff shall maintain verification criteria and
      post it on the ARIN web site.

      3.2.1 Non-Responsive Contacts

        If ARIN is unable to verify contact information via the normal
        verification procedure ARIN shall attempt to notify the parent
        of the resource to have the information updated. If there is
        no parent, or if the data is not corrected in a reasonable
        amount of time the resource shall be SUSPENDED.

        Once the resource is suspended ARIN shall make one more request
        of all contacts listed with the resource and the parent resource
        (if available), and if no response is received in a reasonable
        amount of time the resource shall be reclaimed.

        Third parties may report the inability to make contact with a
        party via information in the APID. In this case ARIN shall
        attempt the contact verification procedure for that contact
        immediately. If a response is received, ARIN should document
        that a problem occurred, and the response from the resource
        holder. Offenders who fail to respond to third parties more
        than 4 times per month for three months may have their resources
        reclaimed at the discretion of ARIN staff.

        If a third party submits reports of the inability to make contact
        that are subsequently disproven, ARIN may choose to ignore
        reports from specific companies, people, e-mail addresses, or any
        other classification means as appropriate.

        The ARIN staff shall publish the time thresholds and procedural
        details to implement this policy on the ARIN web site.

        If a resource is reclaimed under no circumstances shall the
        holder of that resource be entitled to a refund of any fees.

   3.3 Data Distribution

      3.3.1 Methods of Access

        ARIN shall publish the APID in the following methods using
        industry standard practices:

            - Via the WHOIS protocol.
            - Via a query form accessible via the HTTP protocol.
            - Via FTP to users who complete the bulk data form.
            - Via CDROM to users who complete the bulk data form.
            - Via the RWHOIS protocol. Outside Sources

        ARIN may refer a query to a outside source (for instance via
        RWHOIS or HTTP redirect). Outside sources must:

        1 Have an AUP deemed compatible with the ARIN AUP by ARIN staff.
        2 Meet the requirements in section 3.3.3.
        3 Support the applications in section 3.3.1.
        4 Prohibit the applications in section 3.3.2.

      3.3.2 Acceptable Usage Policy

        All data provided shall be subject to an AUP. The AUP shall
        be written by ARIN staff and legal and posted on the ARIN
        website. ARIN may require a signed copy of the AUP before
        providing bulk data.

      3.3.3 Requirements for Internet Accessible Services

        For any method of access which is provided in real time via the
        Internet the following requirements must be met:

          * The distributed information service must be operational
            24 hours a day, 7 days a week to both the general public
            and ARIN staff. The service is allowed reasonable
            downtime for server maintenance according to generally
            accepted community standards.

          * The distributed information service must allow public
            access to reassignment information. The service may
            restrict the number of queries allowed per time interval
            from a host or subnet to defend against DDOS attacks,
            remote mirroring attempts, and other nefarious acts.

          * The distributed information service must return current

   3.4 Distribution of the ARIN Public Information Database

       3.4.1 Supported Uses

         ARIN shall make the APID available for the following uses
         (supported uses):

           1 ARIN's use in implementing ARIN policies and other
           2 Community verification, allowing members of the community
             to confirm the proper users of the various resources ARIN
           3 Statistic gathering by ARIN and third parties on resource
           4 As a contact database to facilitate communication with the
             person or entity responsible for a particular resource.

       3.4.2 Prohibited Uses

         ARIN prohibits the use of the APID for the following uses:

           1 Sending any unsolicited commercial correspondence
             advertising a product or service to any address (physical or
             electronic) listed in the APID.
           2 Using data in the APID to facilitate violating any state,
             federal, or local law.

       3.4.3 Other Uses

         ARIN shall allow all non-prohibited uses of the APID, however
         unless those uses are listed as a supported use the data set
         may be changed in such a way as to render them ineffective,
         or they may be blocked outright as deemed necessary by ARIN
         staff. Users of applications not listed who are concerned
         that they are supported should introduce a proposal to add
         their application to the supported list.

   3.5 Distribution of the ARIN Confidential Information Database

     ARIN Staff shall use industry standard procedures to prevent
     the distribution of any data in the ARIN Confidential Information

   3.6 Implementation Details

     ARIN Staff shall document all implementation specific details for
     directory services in a single document available on the web site.
     The document must contain, but is not limited to:

       - Database field definitions.
       - Update procedures.
       - Templates.
       - Points of contact.
       - Copies of the AUP.
       - Verification procedures.

   3.7 [Routing Registry] Copy Verbatim from the existing 3.4.

Section Replace with:

   All reassignment information for current blocks shall be submitted to
   ARIN prior to submitting a request for a new allocation.

Section Strike.

    8. Rationale:

Various proposals affecting directory services have come and gone in the
last 5 years leaving the policy affecting directory services
fragemented. Also during that time deployments and laws have changed.
Several large DSL and cable providers now offer subnets to residential
customers that may require them to be registered with ARIN. Several laws
have been passed that may restrict the personal information that can be
published. This proposal attempts to provide a unified policy that is
easier to understand, and is updated to deal with these new issues.

Timetable for implementation: 6-18 months, depending on staff

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