On Sun, Oct 17, 1999 at 08:24:53AM +1300, John Vorstermans wrote:
The only part I have difficulty agreeing with is using
Zone Transfers to
This is not what Zone Transfers are intended
for. Perhaps it is okay if we allow one or two sites to do this but then
what right have we got to restrict anyone else?
Zone transfers are simply intended to be a mechanism of transferring
zone data. This can be (and is) done for a variety of purposes.
If people want statistics I suggest we mandate that
these should be
produced by Domainz and made available on a Web page for everyone to
see. This seems to me much more practical.
The problem is that there are legitimate reasons for gathering
statistics that companies routinely do, which they should not be
required to reveal to their competitors. Note that Domainz is a
competitor to many other companies engaged in business related
to domain registration. ISOCNZ may have a conflict of interest in
dictating policy in this instance.
As I understand it from the wording in your draft, the privacy act
mandates that the information be retrieved to be used consistent
with the purpose for which it was supplied to Domainz.
Why not just build the policy around the requirements of the privacy
act? Why dig deeper and make specific broad restrictions when Domainz
cannot know (and should not know) the precise details of their
competitors' businesses, and whether any particular use is considered
a "reasonable request"?
The problem I have with all this is that it doesn't protect the
nameholder at all. If I am in the business of spamming, I am already
a dark and shady character who will lose no sleep over lying about
my intentions when I arrange to be allowed to do zone transfers.
On the other hand, if I am a legitimate operator who decides to base
a part of my business on particular services for my customers which
require access to the full zone data, I either fully disclose my novel
idea to my competitors, or lie and run the risk that the basis for that
business will be removed suddenly in the future.
This seems silly :)
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