Prepared by Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Ruchika Agrawal, Non-Commercial Constituency Representative on the WHOIS Task Force - Before the GNSO Council.
This report questions whether it makes sense to impose a rule that requires all domain registrants to make their WHOIS data globally, publicly accessible as is dictated by current WHOIS policies and practices. This report takes into account the issues of privacy, free speech, and fraud. The report mainly focuses on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Privacy Guidelines as a well thought-out solution to challenging questions about international consensus on privacy and data protection that directly implicate WHOIS policies and practices. The OECD Privacy Guidelines serve as a basis for a sensible WHOIS policy. A serious discussion on privacy and WHOIS should begin with the framework set out by the OECD Privacy Guidelines.