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Whois or not to whois - That is the question

ICANN will soon be deciding whether or not you have to enter your information into the whois database when you own a domain name.

Privacy advocates say that people should not have to enter their contact information because of spammers and other privacy issues.

Other's like law enforcement say they need the whois information to find out who owns a website that is committing fraud as in the fraudulent red cross donation websites that cropped up after hurricane katrina.

Personally, I believe that we have some expectation of privacy as citizens of the US, however, I do not believe it is a good idea to not require information in the whois for a domain name. I use that information all the time before I decide to buy something from someone. I want to know who I am dealing with.

I believe that consumer protection outweighs privacy in this instance.

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