[arin-ppml] Proposed update for ARIN-2017-12

David Farmer farmer at umn.edu
Tue Jan 29 08:00:09 EST 2019

The following is a proposed update for the Policy Text of ARIN-2017-12, it
also updates the Problem Statement and the Title of the Policy based on
this new Policy Text.

This policy envisions that both it and 2018-5 will move forward, but it was
considered what would happen if 2018-5 doesn't go forward. If 2018-5
doesn't go forward and this policy does, then an organization can still
create another organization's entry in the database, but that must happen
separately and before the reallocation or detailed reassignment is made.

It is also envisioned that all POCs will be validated when they are
created, again before the reallocation or detailed reassignment is made,
the latter being the purpose of this policy. Maybe the former can be
handled in 2018-5, a separate policy, or simply as an operational
suggestion to ARIN. But given GDPR and the general focus on privacy these
days, I think ARIN separate from number policy reasons would want to ensure
that POCs themselves approved or are at least notified when a database
entry is made for them as an individual.

The primary purpose of this policy is to logically separate ORG and POC
creation, ensuring that they are in the ARIN database prior to the process
of making reallocations or detailed reassignments and ensures the receiving
organization knows when any reallocations or detailed reassignments are
made to it. Further, it directs ARIN treat reallocations or detailed
reassignments consistent with section 3.6.5, there must be at least one
valid POC in order for them to occur.

Is this a good direction to take this policy?  Do you see problems with
this text?

Comment and suggestions, please.


Draft Policy ARIN-2017-12:
New Title:  POC Notification and Validation Upon Reassignment or

Problem Statement:

Some ISPs assign individuals to be POCs for reassigned blocks without
consultation of the individual they are inserting into Whois. For example,
during the reassignment/reallocation process, some large ISPs automatically
create POCs from their customer's order form. This process is automated for
many ISPs and therefore the resulting POCs are not validated prior to being
created in the ARIN Whois database. This creates unknowing POCs that have
no idea what Whois is or even who ARIN is at the time they receive the
annual POC validation email. It can also create multiple POCs per email
address causing that same person to receive a multitude of POC Validation
emails each year.

This policy proposal seeks to prevent the situation where a POC is
unwittingly and unintentionally inserted into Whois. Doing so will reduce
the significant amount of time that ARIN staff spend fielding phone calls
from POCs who have no idea they are in Whois.

The proposal will improve the overall POC validation situation, by ensuring
that all reallocation or detailed reassignment requests are related to a
pre-existing receiving organization with at least one valid POC object, and
by requesting that any other existing invalid POC objects are validated.

Policy statement:

Insert one new section into NRPM 3:

3.7 POC Notification and Validation Upon Reassignment or Reallocation

When a request for reallocation or detailed reassignment is made to ARIN,
the receiving organization must already be in the ARIN database and linked
to at least one valid POC object.  If there is no valid POC object
associated with the receiving organization, ARIN shall reject the request.

In addition to notifying the requester, ARIN will also notify, via email,
all POCs associated with the receiving organization, whether the request
was successful or not, and will request validation of any invalid POC
objects associated with the receiving organization.

Note: Simple reassignments are made without any linkage to an organization
or POC objects in the ARIN database.

Timetable for implementation: Immediate

David Farmer               Email:farmer at umn.edu
Networking & Telecommunication Services
Office of Information Technology
University of Minnesota
2218 University Ave SE        Phone: 612-626-0815
Minneapolis, MN 55414-3029   Cell: 612-812-9952
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