[ppml] Proposed Policy: Residential Customer Privacy

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Wed Jan 18 09:48:40 EST 2006

ARIN received the following proposed policy. In accordance with the ARIN
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Policy Proposal Name: Residential Customer Privacy

Author: Samuel Weiler

Proposal type: modify

Policy term: permanent

Policy statement:

     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

     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".


     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.

Timetable for implementation: Immediately upon approval.

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