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==Google Street View Raises Privacy Concerns==
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==Domains May Disappear After Search==
 
[http://hughpickens.com Hugh Pickens] writes
 
[http://hughpickens.com Hugh Pickens] writes
:The New York Times is running a story about a woman who says [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/01/technology/01private.html her cat is clearly visible] through the living room window of her second-floor apartment using Street View and that she has contacted Google asking that [http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&om=1&layer=c&cbll=37.810337%2C-122.252508&cbp=1%2C273.618658414742%2C0.372247067615998%2C3&ll=37.812056%2C-122.252276&spn=0.014664%2C0.014398&z=16 the photo be removed].<ref>[http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&om=1&layer=c&cbll=37.810337%2C-122.252508&cbp=1%2C273.618658414742%2C0.372247067615998%2C3&ll=37.812056%2C-122.252276&spn=0.014664%2C0.014398&z=16  Google Street View.  "See if you can find the cat in the window?"]</ref> 'The issue that I have ultimately is about where you draw the line between taking public photos and zooming in on people's lives,' Ms. Kalin-Casey said in an interview. 'The next step might be seeing books on my shelf. If the government was doing this, people would be outraged.' Wired has started a contest on the [http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/05/request_for_urb.html most interesting photos]<ref>[http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/05/request_for_urb.html Wired Blog Network. "Request for Urban Street Sightings: Submit and Vote on the Best Urban Images Captured by New Google Maps Tool" by Ryan Singel.  May 30, 2007.]</ref>  found using the new Google Tool that now includes sunbathing coeds, alleged drug deals, and the google van itself. 'I think that this product illustrates a tension between our First Amendment right to document public spaces around us, and the privacy interests people have as they go about their day,' says Kevin Bankston, a staff lawyer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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:Daily Domainer has a story [http://www.dailydomainer.com/2007173-who-is-monitoring-your-domain-searches-update.html alleging that there may be a leak] that allows domain tasters to intercept, analyze and register your domain ideas in minutes. 'Every time you do a whois search with any service, you run a risk of losing your domain,' says one industry insider. ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) has not been able to find hard evidence of Domain Name Front Running but [http://img.domaintools.com/blog/domain-name-front-running.pdf they have issued an advisory] (pdf) for people to come forward with hard evidence it is happening. Here is how domain name research theft crimes can occur and [http://blog.domaintools.com/2007/03/stealing-domain-name-research/ some tips to avoiding being a victim].
  
 
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There were over [http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07%2F06%2F01%2F1219256 500 comments posted on this topic]<ref name=PCOLSlashdot>[http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07%2F06%2F01%2F1219256 Slashdot.  "People Were More Likely To Google Themselves This Year" by Hugh Pickens.  December 21, 2007.]</ref> on Slashdot.
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There were over [http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07%2F12%2F28%2F1458247 300 comments posted on this topic]<ref name=PCOLSlashdot>[http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07%2F12%2F28%2F1458247 Slashdot.  "Domains May Disappear After Search" by Hugh Pickens.  December 28, 2007.]</ref> on Slashdot.
  
 
==Recommended Reading==
 
==Recommended Reading==
[http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/01/technology/01private.html New York Times.  "Google Zooms In Too Close for Some" by Miguel Helft. May 31, 2007.]
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[http://www.dailydomainer.com/2007173-who-is-monitoring-your-domain-searches-update.html Daily Domainer.  "Who Is Really Monitoring Your Domain Searches?October 19, 2007.]
:Kalin-Casey...typed in her address and the screen showed a street-level view of her building. As she zoomed in, she could see Monty, her cat, sitting on a perch in the living room window of her second-floor apartment. "The issue that I have ultimately is about where you draw the line between taking public photos and zooming in on people’s lives," Ms. Kalin-Casey said in an interview Thursday on the front steps of the building. “The next step might be seeing books on my shelf. If the government was doing this, people would be outraged.” Google said in a statement that it takes privacy seriously and considered the privacy implications of its service before it was introduced on Tuesday. "Street View only features imagery taken on public property," the company said. "This imagery is no different from what any person can readily capture or see walking down the street."<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/01/technology/01private.html New York Times.  "Google Zooms In Too Close for Some" by Miguel Helft. May 31, 2007.]</ref>
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:Last week an associate of mine was bulk-checking 200+ generic typo domains through a software that shall remain unnamed for now. All of the domains were available. But less than 2 minutes later, more than 50 of the domains had been registered by a number of different offshore companies from the Bahamas. There is no way this could be a coincidence. And if you read the more recent comments in the above mentioned article, it's clearer than ever before that there are severe leaks somewhere that allow domain tasters to compromise your domain searches and steal your domain ideas.<ref>[http://www.dailydomainer.com/2007173-who-is-monitoring-your-domain-searches-update.html Daily Domainer.  "Who Is Really Monitoring Your Domain Searches?October 19, 2007.]</ref>
  
[http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0523/p11s01-ussc.html Christian Science Monitor.  "Watch Where You Point That Camera" by Susan Llewelyn Leach. May 23, 2005.]
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[http://img.domaintools.com/blog/domain-name-front-running.pdf ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee.  SAC 022.  "SSAC Advisory on Domain Name Front RunningOctober 2007.]
:If you pull out a camera on a New Jersey train, you will have company - law enforcement company. If you size up a shot on the New York subway, you'll probably be questioned by security and told to keep the lens cap tightly on. Even if you plan to snap some innocuous bank building from a public sidewalk, you might find guards telling you it's not allowed. "If you're standing on public property, you can shoot anything the naked eye can see," explains Ken Kobre, professor of photojournalism at San Francisco State University and author of one of the seminal textbooks on the subject. What you can't do, he says, is use a telephoto lens and take shots through office windows or into private residences, where people would have a "reasonable expectation of privacy." That would be like eavesdropping or surreptitiously taping someone, he says.<ref>[http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0523/p11s01-ussc.html Christian Science Monitor"Watch Where You Point That Camera" by Susan Llewelyn LeachMay 23, 2005.]</ref>
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:"In this Advisory, SSAC begins with a premise that checking the availability of a domain name can be a sensitive act which may disclose an interest in or a value ascribed to a domain name. SSAC suggests that any such domain name availability lookups should be performed with care. Our premise is that a registrant may ascribe a value to a domain name; that unintended or unauthorized disclosure, or disclosure of an availability check by a third party without notice may pose a security risk to the would-be registrant; and that availability checks may create opportunities for a party with access to availability check data to acquire a domain name at the expense of the party that performed an availability check, or to the benefit of the party that monitored the check. We attempt to assess these risks and suggest ways that information could be collected and used to engage in domain name front running activities."<ref>[http://img.domaintools.com/blog/domain-name-front-running.pdf ICANN Security and Stability Advisory CommitteeSAC 022SSAC Advisory on Domain Name Front Running"  October 2007.]</ref>
  
[http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9724604-7.html CNet.  "The camera behind Google's Street View" by Daniel TerdimanMay 31, 2007.]
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[http://blog.domaintools.com/2007/03/stealing-domain-name-research/  DomainTools Blog.  "Stealing domain name research" by Jay WesterdalMarch 20, 2007.]
:If you've been playing with Google's new Street View feature--that $25 billion time suck--you may well have wondered how the heck they took those 360-degree images while driving down the street. Here's the camera used by Immersive Media for Google's Street View images.<ref>[http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9724604-7.html CNet.  "The camera behind Google's Street View" by Daniel TerdimanMay 31, 2007.]</ref>
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:"It is such a strong urge to type the domain name into the address bar and see what website comes up. Most users think perhaps there is already a company using the name and this will be a quick end to the question. Wrong! This is the most dangerous thing to do. Internet Service Providers (ISP) sell NXD data. You may be asking yourself “What is NXD data and how does that effect my domain research?” Non-eXistent Domain (NXD) Data is a response the DNS system tells the asking computer if resolution on an IP address fails because the domain doesn’t exist. Yes, ISPs sell this data. I personally talked with a representative that gave me her business card and quoted me a six figure number for access to their NXD data. These domain name research companies actually buy this data and register those domains to see what generates money. Their hope is that if people at one ISP represent 1/5000th of the Internet, they might receive 5000 visitors a month from all the other ISPs around the world according to that ratio. So by testing a theory with DNS, people are telling these companies what domains to ‘taste’. Ironically, this type of behavior will have a chilling effect on direct navigation which actually hurts the domain parking industry as a whole."<ref>[http://blog.domaintools.com/2007/03/stealing-domain-name-research/  DomainTools Blog.  "Stealing domain name research" by Jay WesterdalMarch 20, 2007.]</ref>
 
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[edit] Domains May Disappear After Search

Hugh Pickens writes

Daily Domainer has a story alleging that there may be a leak that allows domain tasters to intercept, analyze and register your domain ideas in minutes. 'Every time you do a whois search with any service, you run a risk of losing your domain,' says one industry insider. ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) has not been able to find hard evidence of Domain Name Front Running but they have issued an advisory (pdf) for people to come forward with hard evidence it is happening. Here is how domain name research theft crimes can occur and some tips to avoiding being a victim.

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There were over 300 comments posted on this topic[1] on Slashdot.

[edit] Recommended Reading

Daily Domainer. "Who Is Really Monitoring Your Domain Searches?" October 19, 2007.

Last week an associate of mine was bulk-checking 200+ generic typo domains through a software that shall remain unnamed for now. All of the domains were available. But less than 2 minutes later, more than 50 of the domains had been registered by a number of different offshore companies from the Bahamas. There is no way this could be a coincidence. And if you read the more recent comments in the above mentioned article, it's clearer than ever before that there are severe leaks somewhere that allow domain tasters to compromise your domain searches and steal your domain ideas.[2]

ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee. SAC 022. "SSAC Advisory on Domain Name Front Running" October 2007.

"In this Advisory, SSAC begins with a premise that checking the availability of a domain name can be a sensitive act which may disclose an interest in or a value ascribed to a domain name. SSAC suggests that any such domain name availability lookups should be performed with care. Our premise is that a registrant may ascribe a value to a domain name; that unintended or unauthorized disclosure, or disclosure of an availability check by a third party without notice may pose a security risk to the would-be registrant; and that availability checks may create opportunities for a party with access to availability check data to acquire a domain name at the expense of the party that performed an availability check, or to the benefit of the party that monitored the check. We attempt to assess these risks and suggest ways that information could be collected and used to engage in domain name front running activities."[3]

DomainTools Blog. "Stealing domain name research" by Jay Westerdal. March 20, 2007.

"It is such a strong urge to type the domain name into the address bar and see what website comes up. Most users think perhaps there is already a company using the name and this will be a quick end to the question. Wrong! This is the most dangerous thing to do. Internet Service Providers (ISP) sell NXD data. You may be asking yourself “What is NXD data and how does that effect my domain research?” Non-eXistent Domain (NXD) Data is a response the DNS system tells the asking computer if resolution on an IP address fails because the domain doesn’t exist. Yes, ISPs sell this data. I personally talked with a representative that gave me her business card and quoted me a six figure number for access to their NXD data. These domain name research companies actually buy this data and register those domains to see what generates money. Their hope is that if people at one ISP represent 1/5000th of the Internet, they might receive 5000 visitors a month from all the other ISPs around the world according to that ratio. So by testing a theory with DNS, people are telling these companies what domains to ‘taste’. Ironically, this type of behavior will have a chilling effect on direct navigation which actually hurts the domain parking industry as a whole."[4]

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