Sgt_Kickaxe - 8:47 pm on Jan 31, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: Sgt_Kickaxe at 8:56 pm (utc) on Jan 31, 2012]
I really can't figure out the deal here unless I missed something.
You have a site about widgets and I am in a position of power and want to oppose widgets for other reasons, I have an agenda. I look up your ICANN information and find your home, your phone number, your email address and I can begin a campaign against you personally.
I happen to have contacts with your boss, your email is now monitored and I'm exploiting what you say against you. You're a day late paying for your dogs license but instead of a reminder you now have animal control at your door and a fine. You spent lunch interviewing a new intern for work but your wife will see pictures with an anonymous warning that you're having an affair. etc..etc.
Point it, before you know it, you're needing a protective order (like others here have gotten over the years) just because, unlike other places that collect your personal information, your personal information is now very public.
The above sounds far fetched but messing with your life, even ruining it, isn't completely uncommon. IF someone starts down that road the only limits are those had by privacy and by court order - if you run a non-business website do you REALLY need it all out there?
More importantly does ICANN REALLY need to reveal it for everyone? I can't call the DMV, your bank or any other agency you deal with to get personal information about you (without court approval) so why should ICANN be any different?
Remember, if you have a legal and legitimate reason to contact me (or sue me) ICANN will provide what you seek if you ask properly, the issue is - should they provide it openly to everyone freely without cause? I see ICANN getting sued for failing to protect information when someone gets stalked and/or hurt by this.
edit: since it's pay the privacy fee or waive your privacy, which may not be entirely legal to start with. Hasn't been an issue, until now, since you were free to provide only partial or alternate information.
[edited by: Sgt_Kickaxe at 8:56 pm (utc) on Jan 31, 2012]