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revoking of .us domains

Discussion in 'Domain Names' started by danephillips, Mar 30, 2005.

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    Please read :
    Your Privacy at Stake: Decision Made to Disallow Private Registrations for .US Domain Names

    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration ("NTIA") (http://www.ntia.doc.gov/), the telecommunications and Internet arm of the Department of Commerce, has disallowed private registrations for .US domain names.

    This unfortunate decision was made by the NTIA, without a hearing or an opportunity for a response by those affected -- in fact; there was no due process of any kind. It's ironic that the NTIA has taken away our first amendment rights to privacy for the one domain name (.US) that is specifically intended for Americans. These bureaucrats stripped away the privacy that you're entitled to as an American; on the only domain name that says that you are an American.

    Even while the NTIA has ruthlessly criticized ICANN in the past for lack of transparency, the NTIA itself has been evasive and untruthful about the entire process, and has yet to provide a satisfactory explanation for the move.

    After giving only two weeks' notice, the NTIA has stated that they would not consider any arguments and that its decision is final, leaving thousands of .US domain owners confused and exposed.
    This is NOT how our government is supposed to operate. Immediate repercussions for .US domain owners include:

    LOSS OF protection from stalkers and harassers.
    LOSS OF protection against solicitation and unwelcome visitors for home-based Web businesses.
    LOSS OF protection for loved ones associated with a family Web site or domain name.
    LOSS OF protection against SPAM and phishing (an email falsely claiming to be a legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft).
    LOSS OF protection against attempts to steal identities and/or money.
    LOSS OF protection against general solicitations via phone and/or fax.
    LOSS OF the right to operate a Web site anonymously.
    LOSS OF the ability to speak anonymously (a First Amendment right confirmed by the Supreme Court).

    If this decision is allowed to stand, it could lead to an attempt to take away privacy on other domain names and other areas that are important to you. If you care at all about your right to privacy, this is where you need to take a stand -- even if you don't own a private domain registration.

    What you can do about it

    Simply sign the petition on this site and send an email to your elected representatives in Washington, D.C. to express your outrage and request their help in reversing the NTIA's inappropriate decision. Your rights are at stake. Take action.
    danephillips, Mar 30, 2005 IP
  2. ziandra

    ziandra Well-Known Member

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    First time I read that email I too thought "oh my gosh, they are going to take them away fmy .us domain".

    Then I read the fine print. All they are doing it refusing to renew .us domains for people who are unwilling to give a name, address and telephone number. I provided my name, address and telephone number when I register my domains so I am unaffected.
    ziandra, Apr 1, 2005 IP
  3. eye-2i.com

    eye-2i.com Peon

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    Wow that's a major loss! Hope things change.
    eye-2i.com, Apr 11, 2005 IP
  4. mopacfan

    mopacfan Peon

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    Sounds reasonable enough to me. So what's the big deal?
    mopacfan, Apr 11, 2005 IP
  5. capebretoner

    capebretoner Well-Known Member

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    I agree, I had to do all of that to get my .ca domain. It didn't mean that it was public knowledge but someone had to know that I was Canadian...
    capebretoner, Apr 11, 2005 IP