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29 November 1999
This is a copy of e-mail I addressed to you 15 November and have not
received a reply. How is this issue to be RESOLVED? How are you going to
protest MY privacy? Please reply.
----- Original Message -----
From: LN Shapely <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, November 15, 1999 12:59 PM
Subject: Privacy Protection
> As a writer working under a "pen name," published both in print and on the
> internet, I was shocked to receive my legal name, home address and phone
> number listed in the WHOIS database. It was relayed to me BY A TOTAL
> STRANGER - not a "business partner," nor an American court, police
> IRS nor any other "government entity-" A total stranger, unregistered with
> Network Solutions.
> I understand that this information must be given to REGISTER MY DOMAIN
> but how can it be that
> any wacko can type my domain name into WHOIS and receive this? When I
> in the print media,
> wackos have to go through that publication and information is forwarded to
> me. THIS is "protecting my
> It is obvious that you are now the central core of the domain name
> You are the ones
> "regulating." These are your rules, no? That any wacko can obtain the
> personal information I am
> trying to protect? I need this clarified. Why don't you simply give them
> my SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
> TOO AND GET IT OVER WITH?
> If these are your rules, I protest. This media is way too "accessible"
> already. Don't get me wrong, as a Libertarian I sincerely believe that the
> internet needs to be FREE OF GOVERNMENT CONTROL, but this situation is
> Below is the response I received from your partner in response to my
> inquiry, which reflected my viewpoint
> above. I think it's terribly interesting that not ONE PERSON'S NAME OR
> is listed on Network Solutions'
> site, nor is their letter signed with one..........They certainly protect
> THEIR OWN PRIVACY.
> LN Shapely
> "Please refer to the "With Whom We May Share Information." The last
> of this section states that "consistent with the current rules and
> for Domain Name System, information about you must remain available in the
> publicly accessible registration database." Please refer to ICANN's web
> (www.icann.org) for more information on this.
> We will remove your name from the list Network Solutions shares with its
> business partners but, unfortunately as stated above, we cannot remove
> information from the WHOIS database. Network Solutions, along with all
> registrar's, is required to keep this information public
> Network Solutions, Inc."