Canadian Internet Registration Authority ends free-for-all over personal information



    New dot-ca WHOIS Privacy Policy implemented

    OTTAWA, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Internet Registration
Authority (CIRA) announced today that it has launched a new privacy policy and
WHOIS search tool to protect the privacy of dot-ca domain name registrants.
The new policy limits public access to personal information except under
extraordinary circumstances or through explicit consent of the registrant.
    Under the new policy the personal information of individual domain name
registrants, including registrant name, home address, phone number and e-mail
address, will now be automatically protected as private. Full registration
information for corporate domain name holders will continue to be accessible
and individual registrants may choose to make their information accessible.
    Under specific, limited circumstances certain registrant contact
information may be disclosed in situations arising from child endangerment
offenses, intellectual property disputes (e.g. cybersquatting), threats to the
Internet, and identity theft.

    Protection of privacy comes first

    "The new dot-ca WHOIS Policy puts Registrants first by restricting access
to the private information of individual dot-ca while providing timely
mechanisms for legitimate information requests," says Byron Holland, President
and CEO, Canadian Internet Registration Authority.
    The protection of the Internet privacy rights of Canadians is one of the
advantages of dot-ca registration. The new privacy policy and dot-ca WHOIS
were developed in response to online privacy concerns regarding identity
theft, unsolicited email (spam), and cyber stalking.
    Canada's new WHOIS Privacy Policy was arrived at following two extensive
national public consultations with a variety of stakeholders. The opinions of
dot-ca domain name Registrants, Registrars, the Canadian public, legal and law
enforcement groups, and subject matter experts, such as privacy advocacy
groups and intellectual property specialists, were all considered with the
goal of creating this balanced policy.

    About the dot-ca WHOIS

    WHOIS is a generic term used to describe an online directory service that
allows people to look up information about Internet domain names. CIRA
maintains the WHOIS search tool for dot-ca (.ca) domain names on its website.
The dot-ca WHOIS processes over one million queries per day allowing users to
quickly determine the availability of a dot-ca domain name or to view
registration information.
    More information about the new privacy policy and dot-ca WHOIS is
available at www.cira.ca

    About CIRA

    The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is the
not-for-profit, member-driven organization that manages Canada's dot-ca (.ca)
domain name registry. CIRA develops and implements policies that support
Canada's Internet community, and represents the dot-ca registry
internationally. CIRA processes over 300 million requests per day to connect
Internet users with over one million dot-ca Internet addresses.




For further information:

For further information: or to schedule an interview: Melisa
Durak-Buljubasic, Public Relations and Communications Specialist, (613)
237-5335 ext: 294, Cell: (613) 219-5328, melisa.db@cira.ca; David Hicks,
Director, Marketing & Communications, (613) 237-5335 ext. 292, Cell: (613)
286-5288, david.hicks@cira.ca


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