How do whois privacy services respond to requests to reveal owner information?
The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) has asked ICANN to consider the cost and feasibility of extended whois studies. ICANN has already undertaken studies to determine what percentage of whois records are accurate. The next study is to see how whois privacy and whois proxy services respond to requests to reveal the actual owner of domain names.
The study would involve working with individuals, businesses, first responders, complaint centers, and law enforcement that have made requests to whois services to reveal or relay information to the actual registrant.
For each submitted request, researchers will then solicit secondary input from the associated Privacy/Proxy service provider and Registrar to determine if the request was received, relayed, responded to, or otherwise acted upon.
This may be a challenge. I suspect the services that easily hand information over to requesters will cooperate; those that don’t want respond to the query from the researchers.