ICANN’s Weak Grip on WHOIS


A recent article discusses the continuing problems with
accurate WHOIS records, many registrars’ complacent allowance of such inaccuracies,
and ICANN’s limited involvement in enforcing the accuracy of such records.


Specifically, there is a discussion about the concentration
of inaccurate WHOIS registration at certain registrars. Unsurprisingly, the
registrars that have the most inaccurate WHOIS records also have the greatest
amount of domains that appear in spam email messages.


ICANN came out with a response shortly after the report
broke, which effectively reminds registrars that ICANN has the right to
terminate the status of registrars that do not comply with the requirement of
maintaining accurate WHOIS data in their records.

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