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 January 5, 2010  Non-U.S., Online

In June 2008 the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) launched its new WHOIS Privacy Policy, which protects the privacy of individual Registrants by restricting personal information. At the time of the policy launch, CIRA committed to holding public consultations on the WHOIS disclosure policy within one year. Accordingly, these consultations have recently been concluded and CIRA is pleased to announce the results.

The purpose of this consultation was to obtain input on whether the WHOIS disclosure policy strikes the appropriate balance between the privacy rights of Registrants and other stakeholders, such as intellectual property interests and law enforcement agencies given the experience since the launch of the policy. The consultation was also designed to measure overall satisfaction of key stakeholder groups with the policy, and whether any impacts on these stakeholders require changes to the policy. To this end, CIRA engaged the services of The Strategic Counsel, an independent national public opinion and marketing research firm.

The key findings of this consultation can be found at: www.cira.ca/whois.

For more information on this consultation or the WHOIS Privacy Policy, visit the CIRA website or contact Michael Stewart, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at WHOIS2010 [at] cira.ca.

Thanks to Sharon Polsky, President of Amina Consulting Corp. for sending this information.

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