[arin-ppml] Whois Archival Policy?
owen at delong.com
Wed Jun 18 10:39:25 EDT 2008
(Seven weeks ago, during my phone conversation with ARIN officials
relating to the SF Bay Packet Radio IP address block, I requested from
ARIN a copy of their archived WHOIS record for the 220.127.116.11/16 IP
address block, as it existed on any date prior to the formation of Mr.
Mulligan's SF Bay Packet Radio, LLC. ARIN declined my request on the
basis of their lack of a "policy" under which such archival and
formerly publicly available WHOIS data could be provided by ARIN to
members of the media or other interested parties.)
I'd like to find out from members of the community how they feel about
the idea of having such a policy.
Should we develop a policy allowing ARIN to release historical WHOIS
Should there be any restrictions on the circumstances under which
ARIN would do so?
If so, what should those restrictions be?
My initial inclination is that since this is entirely data which was,
at one time, publicly available, publishing it again is entirely
appropriate. I can even see some valid use cases for a "whois wayback
machine", such as wanting to know the history of an address block.
In fairness, I have not yet asked ARIN staff about the difficulty of
making such data available, so, I don't know whether this is feasible
or not. I would, first, like to get a sense from the community of how
they feel about development of such a policy.
(Note: This is not a communication from the AC, it is my own
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