FTC Calls for Openness, Accessibility in Whois Database System

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 20, 2006

FTC press release: “The Federal Trade Commission today told the U.S. Senate that access to Whois databases – the directories that contain information about Web site operators – are “critical to the agency’s consumer protection mission, to other law enforcement agencies around the world, and to consumers.” In Commission testimony before the Subcommittee on Trade, Tourism and Economic Development of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Commissioner Jon Leibowitz said improvements should be made to the current Whois database system and the databases should be “kept open, transparent, and accessible.”

  • The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Trade, Tourism, and Economic Development hearing on Internet Governance: The Future of ICANN, held September 20, 2006. Links to witness statements.
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