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  • I have signed the petition. It is a matter of free speech. Please follow the hashtag, #LegalizePrivacy on Twitter. It was started by Amy Peikoff of Don’t Let It Go Unheard.

  • I have to say I find it surprising that so many people are either reading far too much into this or sensationalizing the issue. First I am surprised that there isn’t a more formal process around dealing with LEA requests. Currently as I use WHOIS Privacy from Hover if say the police want to know who owns my domain the decision comes down to Hover as my agent in this matter. What ICANN is suggesting is that rather than deciding each time there should be a framework for LEA applications. I think most people would think this is reasonable.

    The second part is where I suspect most people are getting concerned about is over the area of mandatory disclosure and I hear your concern but they make valid points. They are clear being a commercial site does not mean disclosure, they are suggesting that sites that carry out financial transactions should have their ownership public. I think is a reasonable suggestion. It would help build trust with consumers and put of “lazy” fraudsters etc. The other area for mandatory disclosure is sights that have been shown to be malware or virus carrying or violate local laws. I think again this is reasonable.

    I appreciate I may be the minority in this and I don’t think it helps that they use the word “commercial” to mean two different things which confuses everyone. I just feel that (a) it is a consultation so its not their will – in fact it explicitly say theses are areas the working group is divided on and (b) surely having a clear framework for disclosure under certain circumstances is best. I think to say that one’s privacy is threatened and that we should leave it as it is wrong. We all know that there are many demands on our information from the state or the courts etc and a formal process would benefit us all.

    • Graeme Bunton

      Hi Sam,

      Thanks for the thoughtful response.

      Below are my thoughts on your points.

      I don’t think you’ll find too many people who disagree that law enforcement should have a transparent and reliable framework for requesting information from privacy providers. It’s important however that we ensure due process has been followed for these situations and is built into the framework.

      As for the commercial issue, I’d encourage you to read this letter as I think it highlights a lot of concerns we’ve had:


      • Hi Graeme

        Thanks for the reply. I do see where you are coming from and I do think that yes many groups would potentially open themselves up to risk. I do take the point that whilst sensible to have information available to users who carry out financial transactions as there isn’t a big problem right now then its not an issue. I tend to lean on the side of openness – maybe its my European outlook on life – but the examples of how people had been affected having had their identity revealed has changed my mind somewhat. Although in The States you have free speech, the majority of countries including the UK have some kind of laws around hate speech etc which I think need to perhaps be recognised by the LEA framework but other than that you might be right!