ICANN has released a draft study into WHOIS misuse, and the results are not surprising

URL: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/whois-misuse-27nov13-en.htm - you can download a copy of the draft report there.

Report snippets:

"In this study, we were concerned with the .BIZ, .INFO, and .ORG gTLD thick WHOIS Registries and the .COM and .NET thin WHOIS Registries. Per the GNSO’s request for this study, we did not attempt to study domain names registered under other smaller gTLDs or under ccTLDs."


"The main finding of the descriptive study is that there is a statistically significant occurrence of WHOIS misuse affecting Registrants’ email addresses, postal addresses, and phone numbers, published in WHOIS when registering domains in these gTLDs. Overall, we find that 44% of Registrants experience one or more of these types of WHOIS misuse."


"Similarly, we find that the domain price is negatively correlated with the possibility of misuse of email addresses published in WHOIS (i.e., experimental domains purchased at greater cost had less email address misuse). We also discover that .COM, .NET, and .ORG domains are associated with less email address misuse, while .BIZ domains are associated with more misuse."

Published Thu, Nov 28 2013 7:00 by sandi