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Privacy and Accuracy Issues in Network Information Center Databases (RFC1355)

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Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 4 page(s) / 8K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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J. Curran: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This document provides a set of guidelines for the administration and operation of public Network Information Center (NIC) databases. The purpose is to formalize procedures for the responsible handling of the personal and organizational information maintained by NICs in publically accessible databases, and to improve the accuracy and accessibility of such data where appropriate.

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Network Working Group J. Curran

Request for Comments: 1355 NNSC

FYI: 15 A. Marine

SRI

August 1992

Privacy and Accuracy Issues in Network Information Center

Databases

Status of This Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is

unlimited.

Abstract

This document provides a set of guidelines for the administration and

operation of public Network Information Center (NIC) databases. The

purpose is to formalize procedures for the responsible handling of

the personal and organizational information maintained by NICs in

publically accessible databases, and to improve the accuracy and

accessibility of such data where appropriate.

Acknowledgments

This document is based upon the work of the Network Information

Services Infrastructure (NISI) working group in the User Services

Area of the IETF. Thanks are due to the members of this working

group who contributed ideas and comments, especially to Glee Cady

(University of Michigan) for her significant contributions. Special

thanks are also extended to Steve Crocker (TIS) for his guidance in

this area. Due to the natural overlap between NIC databases and

public user directories, this document also references concepts

contained in the North American Directory Forum's (NADF) "User Bill

of Rights for Entries and Listings in the Public Directory" (RFC

1295).

1. Purpose

The purpose of this document is to consider the privacy and accuracy

issues that result from many NIC databases being publicly accessible.

This document considers only generic concerns about such systems; it

intentionally does not make recommendations for specific databases on

the Internet. Clearly, it is the responsibility of each NIC to

determine what procedures should apply for each of its databases.

The document discusses the obligations a NIC that maintains such a

database has towards those about whom data appears in the database.

These obligations apply to database entries that contain information

that is publically accessible to Internet users.

2. Background and Organization

In fulfilling the functions of a Network Information Center, each NIC

needs to collect and distribute a variety of information about the

network it serves. Much of the information handled by a NIC is

"directory" information that provides pointers to people,

organizations, and resources throughout a network. The use of

publically accessible databases to disseminate such data is seen as

beneficial to the Internet because it allows efficient information

retrieval by users, Network Operation Centers (NOCs), and other NICs.

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