nbruce writes ""Last year the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) established three Task Forces to develop policy for the WHOIS database. The Task Forces Preliminary Reports have just been released to the public. ICANN now requests public comments on each of these three reports, which focus on access, data, and accuracy, respectively. The comment period lasts only from May 28 - June 17, 2004. . . The WHOIS database broadly exposes domain registrants' personal data to a global audience, including criminals and spammers. Civil society groups have urged ICANN to limit the use and scope of the WHOIS database to its original purpose, which is the resolution of technical network issues, and to establish strong privacy protections based on internationally accepted privacy standards. This would mean restricting access to the data, minimizing data required, and not penalizing registrants for protecting their personal information by entering an inaccurate home address or telephone number."
The report is divided by the 3 task forces, with separate areas to comment on each. You can read it here. "