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Study on Whois Privacy & Proxy Service Abuse

24 September 2013

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 24 September 2013
Categories/Tags: Policy Processes
Purpose (Brief):

This study, conducted by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the United Kingdom, analyzes gTLD domain names to measure whether the percentage of privacy/proxy use among domains engaged in illegal or harmful Internet activities is significantly greater than among domain names used for lawful Internet activities. Furthermore, this study compares these privacy/proxy percentages to other methods used to obscure identity – notably, Whois phone numbers that are invalid.

These findings will help the community understand the role that privacy and proxy service abuse plays in obscuring the identities of parties engaged in illegal or harmful activities, including phishing, cybersquatting, hosting child abuse sexual images, advanced fee fraud, online sale of counterfeit pharmaceuticals, and more.

Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/whois-pp-abuse-study-24sep13-en.htm