[arin-ppml] private whois record

Seth Mattinen sethm at rollernet.us
Tue Aug 7 14:24:44 EDT 2012

On 8/7/12 11:08 AM, Chu, Yi [NTK] wrote:
> The situation is my customer (a company, not residential) had gone through a security audit.  The audit identified the whois record as a potential security risk.  What they are asking is for their whois  record (inetnum, or network record) to be private.  So the assigning LIR has access to the private record, as well as ARIN.  But not to general public.  This 'private' feature has been incorporated in APNIC for almost 10 years (APNIC-16, 2003 http://www.apnic.net/services/services-apnic-provides/helpdesk/faqs/privacy-of-customer-assignments---faqs) .   I would like to know first if ARIN has a similar feature to accommodate my customer's request.  If not, has the topic been discussed and if there is interest in pursuing.

I remember the topic being discussed and the consensus I recall was that
residential entries in whois can be private but that businesses should
be public.

I would be curious to know if the audit identified their postal mailing
address as a security risk as well.


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