[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal: Customer Confidentiality

Tom Vest tvest at pch.net
Wed Jun 10 12:01:30 EDT 2009

On Jun 10, 2009, at 11:41 AM, Kevin Kargel wrote:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net [mailto:arin-ppml- 
>> bounces at arin.net] On
>> Behalf Of William Herrin
>> Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 11:25 PM
>> To: Aaron Wendel
>> IP addresses are like public right of ways. As an ISP you get to hold
>> lots of them in trust, but they aren't yours. They're ours, the
>> general public's, and while you hold them in trust you are  
>> accountable
>> for their use... not to ARIN but to the general public whose commons
>> you are so graciously being allowed to use at an almost negligible
>> cost.
> Ah, but things have changed, you can now buy, sell and trade IP's  
> thanks to
> powers vested by 2009-1.  I know that 2009-1 has words saying that the
> intention is not to create property, but if it walks like a duck and  
> quacks
> like a duck...

Hi Kevin,

While your views about IP number resource privatization may (or may  
not) be borne out by changing circumstances, I think that the article  
that I quoted previously is relevant either way.  Recall that HIPAA =  
Health Information *Portability and Accountability*  Act. The overall  
goal of the legislation was to strike a practical balance between  
privacy and disclosure so that the option of insurance portability  
(individual autonomy, freedom of choice, competition, etc.) could be  
extended broadly *without* sacrificing "accountability," including the  
accountability of individuals and health service providers for the  
potential impacts that increasing patient/provider churn might have on  
the health of other individuals and society in general.

I think the parallels to our current circumstances and policy debates  
are pretty self-evident, but perhaps that's just me...


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