ICANN, the body that has a monopoly on domain registrations, is now planning to attempt to take over domain privacy providers (like RespectMyPrivacy) as well. ...
Here are some of the great ideas they’re considering:
* Barring privacy providers from requiring a court order, warrant, or subpoena before turning over your data.
* A policy based on the “don’t ask questions, just do it” model of the DMCA. Except that with the DMCA your site can be put back after an error or bogus request; your privacy can never be put back.
* Requiring privacy providers to honor law enforcement requests to turn information over secretly, even when under no legal obligation to do so.
* Outright banning the use of privacy services for any domain for which any site in that domain involves e-commerce.