Give us open access to Whois data, says US gov’t

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made a pitch for open access to Whois, saying the databases are a key weapon in its fight against spyware and other internet fraud.

The agency on Tuesday called access to the Whois databases, which contain contact information for website operators, “critical to the agency’s consumer protection laws”. It was responding to a recommendation from an Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) committee to restrict use of the data to strictly “technical purposes”.

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