Aardvark Daily
New Zealand's Leading Daily Net-News Online Publication
Net-Industry
NEWS!
Publishing Internet News and Commentary since 1995 . InternetNZ, the voice of the New Zealand Internet
If you turn on Java you'll see the LATEST news updates here
Aardvark Weekly | Domainz News | Internet Day | World News | Chat!
NZ Net News
NZ Net News in RealVideo

Aardvark Weekly 27 August 99
Click Here!

Some Truly Valuable Info

Something For Free

Worth A Look

ICBIT


award logo

New Sites


here.co.nz


You Say
No New Letters

Advertise Here

Previous Articles

Email:

Contact Aardvark

Privacy Policy

Dateline: 2 December 1999 All Day Edition
Read Yesterday's Edition

Editorial
Two Sets Of Rules?
The "whois" utility is a simple tool that allows its users to extract some useful information from the database of domain names created by a registrar such as Domainz. Recently, after much lobbying and industry pressure, the registrar responsible for administering the .nz namespace (ie: any domain-name that ends in .nz) finally agreed to implement a whois server on their system.

One of the potential problems with providing a whois service is that it can be open to abuse. Unscrupulous marketers could, for instance, use the server to gather email addresses for bulk emailing.

ISOCNZ, the organisation on behalf of which Domainz operate the .nz registry therefore, has a policy which forbids:

"Using any information contained in the WHOIS query output to attempt a targeted contact campaign with any person, or any organisation, using any medium."

Unfortunately, it seems the rules about using this data don't apply to Domainz itself who, earlier this week, sent out an unsolicited commercial email, touting the sale of a piece of software by offering a free 30 day trial to all those who appear as the technical contact for 10 or more domain names.

At the foot of the message is this comment:

"My apologies if you receive multiple copies of this message. The e-mailing list has been taken from a summary of the technical contact email in the .nz Register"

It would seem that while you and I are prohibited from using the information in NZ's domain name registry for sending bulk, unsolicited commercial email, Domainz is not.

Do as we say, not as we do?

 


General News & Current Events:
7am.com | NZL News | AUS News | GBR News | World News

TODAY'S KEY NET-NEWS HEADLINES


Load in new window e-Bay Battles Criminal Element
Already beset by system problems that caused a series of frustrating crashes, then a series of bogus offerings such as human organs, e-Bay now faces another embarrassing problem -- it's being used to fence stolen goodsSeattle...
7am.com

Load in new window Net punters bet on the Packers
The Packer family, Telstra Corporation, Rodney Adler and the founders of OzEmail, are emerging as Australia's internet stockmarket kingmakers...
AFR

Load in new window Tune In, Black Out
You may notice some blank Web sites on Wednesday as digital artists show the world a day without art in recognition of World AIDS Day...
Wired

Load in new window Killer App for the Wireless Net?
Mobile technology experts converge to discuss the ways wireless Internet will provide everything from banking services to finding you a parking spot. But critics caution that the wireless Web still has a long way to go...
Wired

Load in new window Siemens German digital signature chip hacked
Hackers have succeeded in cracking the Siemens digital signature card used in cashless payment systems and access control systems across the country...
The Register

Load in new window Study reveals busiest web sites
Ninemsn has emerged as the most popular website in Australia, recording more than three times the visitors of its nearest competitor, LookSmart, according to new research...
AFR

Load in new window Variant Of ExploreZip Virus Discovered
ExploreZip virus variant was sophisticated enough to fool corporate virus scanners and virus-conscious computer users...
TechWeb

Load in new window Kremlin's Early Christmas Gift-Nutcracker on Net
The Kremlin dipped into the sack to produce an early Christmas present Wednesday, saying it would broadcast Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet live on the Internet this month for the first time from Russia...
Yahoo/Reuters

Load in new window Bug in new Pentium IIIs hampers boot-up
The flaw, computers containing the "Coppermine" chip, becomes apparent in the boot-up sequence and essentially forces computer owners to hit the "on" button twice...
CNet

Load in new window Investment banking firms fall victim to virus
A handful of Wall Street firms are hit by a self-replicating email virus, forcing at least one company to ask employees to shut down their computers...
CNet
More Domainz News


Aardvark Reviews...





Aardvark Daily is a publication of, and is copyright to, Bruce Simpson, all rights reserved
Aardvark's logo created by WebDesign,