The chairman of the International Trademark Association (INTA) writes about the accuracy problems in the WHOIS system (the database of registration information for top-level domains). link (The link has "membersonly" in the URL but it doesn't seem to be true!) Starting November 12, 2004, two new regulations go into effect: 1. If your domain name is deleted due to inaccurate information or because you do not respond to questions from the registar, you cannot reclaim the domain name without supplying accurate information. 2. The data may not be distributed for "marketing activities". A task force is considering additional measures, such as only allowing tiered access (limited public access), notifying registrants when their data is retrieved, requiring less information of registrants, having registrars verify the data they collect, and the imposing of new sanctions for violations of the rules. Privacy vs. accountability is a tough issue!