The Federal Trade Commission realizes that the Whois Data Base information can be hidden from view for only $9.00 per year for domain name owners. Many scam website frauds can therefore hide for weeks until a court order is issued to turn over that information. This helps Spammers, Phishers and Identity Thieves pull scams.
But critics say that if people allow their listing then they get bombarded with Spam too. Spammers scour the Whois databases and collect email addresses to Spam us all with. So it is a Catch 22 in that the FTC needs to get to these Spammers websites and find out who-is-who, but privacy people say they are not happy with the Federal Trade Commissions request and cite that the FTC has been unable to stop Spam anyway.
Therefore why is the FTC violating privacy rights, when they are suppose to stop Spam, which has gone up some 3000% since the Federal Trade Commission started to attempt to go after all the Spammers?
Meanwhile, now there is a legal battle brewing and the FTC is looking rather incompetent these days as they had two-lap tops stolen in Scottsdale AZ with 110 personal identification information on of employees? Ouch? So is the FTC on its last leg these days or what? Dah? Talk about incompetence? Consider all this in 2006.