Debate Over Future of Whois Continues After Report

Proposed changes that would have shielded some of the personal information stored in the Internet’s WHOIS database from public view were indefinitely shelved last month, after a working group failed to reach agreement on how or even whether to implement the privacy reforms. The stalemate among the 60-person working group, which had been set up by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to thrash out the differences over the proposed changes, was a setback for privacy advocates, but it was welcome news for companies and law enforcement agencies that depend on WHOIS information to go after phishers, cybersquatters, spammers and other online miscreants.

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