To be private or not to be private, that is the question

The Charlotte Observer picked up an AP report on Website Information Privacy today. At issue is the fact that you can currently research a lot of information about the registration of a website by using Internic Whois. This allows spammers, fraudsters, and your competition to gather valuable intelligence on yoursite. It also allows domain registrars to sell special “privacy” packages to keep that info private. So why would anyone object to allowing a website owner to keep their information private?

Proponents say it helps law enforcement combat other kinds of online criminals. They maintain that using this readily accessible information they can track down criminals much more quickly. This leads to the classic debate of Privacy vs Law Enforcement.

What do you think?

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