Consumer Policy Considerations on the Importance of Accurate and Available WHOIS Data: The OECD’s Committee on Consumer Policy has been focused on the consumer policy challenges arising out of the development of the Internet and the emerging electronic marketplace for a number of years. In 1999 it developed Guidelines for Consumer Protection in the Context of Electronic Commerce, which set out the core characteristics for effective consumer protection for online business-to-consumer transactions.
This document builds on several provisions of the Guidelines to explain how accurate and available WHOIS data can contribute to building consumer trust in the online marketplace. It identifies some concerns about the current functioning of WHOIS, and suggests possible approaches to addressing these concerns. The Committee on Consumer Policy agreed to declassify this document by written procedure completed on 30 May 2003. It is published on the responsibility of the Secretary-General of the OECD.