A Baroness, Dame Commander, pro-chancellor, and training and development expert has been chosen as the new chair of dot-uk registry Nominet. Baroness Rennie Fritchie replaces former chairman Bob Gilbert, who stepped down in March, and she takes over from interim chairman Gordon Dick. She becomes chair at an interesting time: in …
4 legs goo, 2 legs bad
Round here chairs have 4 legs.
Nominet biggest offender in anti-privacy
Forget the concerns over privacy on facebook. If your personal website has a link to a company that makes money according to Nominet you are a trader (even if you make no money yourself) and the rules say your name and address MUST be publicly visible via a 'whois' lookup. The information commissionaire actually agreed to this! Oh thanks so every ID theft gang in the WORLD can now surf 'whois' for names and address's thanks to Nominets stupid and fickle and in consistent idea of what a trading company is. Its every individual with a link!
FYI, for a .uk domain name, the address only needs to be a contact address for service and does not need to be a home address.
By way of background, the .uk WHOIS policy was formulated after a lengthy consultation quite a few years ago where genuine privacy concerns were raised, as well as genuine consumer protection concerns.
Some respondents wanted us to follow the .com policy of showing full contact details such as your phone, email and fax information. Some respondents did not want the WHOIS to show their home address, for personal privacy and/or security reasons. In addition, there was the need for compliance with relevant UK online trading regulations and legislation. The current .uk policy that came out of this process attempts to balance all of those issues (to the extent that they can be balanced).
If Chris or other readers would like to discuss their concerns further and/or have ideas about how we could improve .uk policy, then do please get in touch.
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