[sig-policy] prop-084: Frequent whois information update request

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  • From: Randy Bush <randy at psg dot com>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2010 14:59:20 +0900
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      The proposal, 'Frequent whois information update request', has been sent
      to the Policy SIG for review. It will be presented at the Policy SIG at
      APNIC 30 at the Gold Coast, Australia, 24-27 August 2010 .
      We invite you to review and comment on the proposal on the mailing list
      before the meeting.
      The comment period on the mailing list before an APNIC meeting is an
      important part of the policy development process. We encourage you to
      express your views on the proposal:
            - Do you support or oppose this proposal?
            - Does this proposal solve a problem you are experiencing? If so,
              tell the community about your situation.
            - Do you see any disadvantages in this proposal?
            - Is there anything in the proposal that is not clear?
            - What changes could be made to this proposal to make it more
      Information about this and other policy proposals is available from:
      Randy, Ching-Heng, and Terence
      prop-084-v001: Frequent whois information update request
      Author:    Tobias Knecht <tk at abusix dot com>
      Version:   1
      Date:      2 July 2010
      1.  Introduction
      This is a proposal for APNIC to regularly contact all APNIC current
      account holders with resources in the APNIC Whois Database to ask them
      to actively check that all their details in whois are up to date.
      To actively check details, the object owner has to log into the MyAPNIC
      Portal and acknowledge the accuracy of data in their object(s) or update
      all existing objects if needed. The update date will be shown in the
      "changed" attribute of every single object.
      2.  Summary of current problem
      Whois database data accuracy has been a big issue for years now. There
      have been several approaches to get better data accuracy within whois
      information all over the world.
      There are two main reasons for data inaccuracy in whois:
           a) Wrong data are published to camouflage illegal actions.
           b) Wrong data are published because object owners forget to update
             the whois information as changes occur within their organization
             (staff changes, etc)
      A secondary problem is data incompleteness:
           - Sometimes, there are changes to the structure of whois data, such
             as additional mandatory objects or attributes (for example, the
             IRT object). Object owners usually do not immediately make these
             changes to the objects they are responsible for. So there are
             always data missing in the whois database.
      3.  Situation in other RIRs
      ARIN conducts an annual POC (point of contact) validation process:
      There is no similar proposal or policy in other RIRs; however, if the
      current APNIC proposal is successful in the APNIC region, the author
      plans to submit a similar proposal for AfriNIC, LACNIC, and RIPE
      4.  Details of the proposal
      It is proposed that APNIC:
      4.1 Send an update notification for all existing objects to the
           corresponding responsible organization once every X months.
           This notification will explain that object owners must log in the
           MyAPNIC Portal and verify all objects they are responsible for.
           The objects covered by this proposal are:
               - inetnum
               - inet6num
               - aut-num
               - person
               - role
               - irt
           Object owners must actively click and aknowledge the correctness of
           the objects they are responsible for.
               - If an object needs updating, or a new object needs to be
                 added (for example, an IRT object), the owner can do this via
               - If a new object or attribute is made mandatory via another
                 APNIC policy, then the responsible organization will be
                 required to make this update, if not already made, at the
                 time of notification.
           Even if the owner only verifies existing data and has not made any
           changes, the "changed" attribute in the whois database objects will
           include the date the owner verified the object. This will give
           users of whois an idea on how recently the object owner verified
           the accuracy of the data.
      4.2 Send update notifications to responsible organizations at times
          shorter than the regular period described in section 4.1 if APNIC is
          made aware that the organization's object contain invalid
           For example, APNIC would send such a notification if notified of
           invalid information via the form at:
      4.3 Include a link in all whois output to APNIC form for reporting
          invalid contact information.
      5.  Advantages and disadvantages of the proposal
      5.1 Advantages
           - A frequent reminder and the need to actively verify will solve
             the problem of forgetting to update objects.
           - All objects will follow the latest requirements for registration
             in the APNIC Whois Database. For example if there is an mandatory
             field added within X months every object will be updated.
           - More people will use the MyAPNIC Portal.
      5.2 Disadvantages
           - No disadvantages are foreseen.
      6.  Effect on APNIC members
      Members have to update or verify their objects once every X months.
      7.  Effect on NIRs
      It would be of benefit to the whole Internet community if NIRs were to
      implement a similar service to keep their whois database up to date. But
      this would be another proposal.