Is WHOIS going to go away?

Aaron C. de Bruyn aaron at heyaaron.com
Sat Apr 14 17:29:35 UTC 2018


If you register a corp out of Nevada, the only person who gets to know the
names of the owners is the company lawyer unless someone shows up with a
warrant.  It costs around $1,200 if I remember correctly.

So I can spin up a legit looking company and put that info into whois and
you essentially end up with useless info unless you can convince a court to
issue a warrant.

So why are you proposing that I can't run my *personal*  "I strongly
believe in {insert emotionally-charged issue} site" without letting psychos
know exactly where I live?

-A

On Sat, Apr 14, 2018 at 10:16 AM Rich Kulawiec <rsk at gsp.org> wrote:

> On Sat, Apr 14, 2018 at 02:21:59PM +0000, Filip Hruska wrote:
> > EURID (.eu) WHOIS already works on a basis that no information about the
> > registrant is available via standard WHOIS.
> > In order to get any useful information you have to go to
> > https://whois.eurid.eu and make a request there.
> >
> > Seems like a reasonable solution.
>
> It's not.  All WHOIS information should be completely available
> with no limits, no restrictions, in bulk form to everyone -- so that
> everyone running every operation is identifiable to their peers and thus
> accountable to their peers.  I understand that some people don't want to
> be exposed to that, and that's fine: but then they shouldn't be running
> an Internet-connected operation.
>
> The only people served by restriction on WHOIS availability are abusers
> and attackers, and the entities (e.g., registrars) who profit from them.
>
> ---rsk
>


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