[AfrICANN-discuss] Internet regulation at national level?

Adiel Akplogan adiel at afrinic.net
Thu Nov 1 09:57:40 SAST 2012

Hello Eberhard,

AFRINIC is legally registered only in Mauritius hence operates legally 
under Mauritius Law. We have hosting agreement with datacenters in ZA 
where we host copy of some of our public services only. 

AFRINIC maintain two type of member databases. One which is private 
and directly under the fiduciary responsibility of the AFRINIC Ltd. as 
company. That is the internal Database where all corporate and 
technical informations related to members and their IP number resource 
allocation process are stored. These data are not public. 

Now as part of our role of RIR we maintain a public WHOIS database which
contains public IP registration data owned by own by people who created 
them. So these public data in the WHOIS belong to AFRINIC's community.
Finally as per Mauritius Data Protection Act., AFRINIC is a registered 
Data Controller: http://dataprotection.gov.mu

Hope this helps.

- a.

On 2012-10-31, at 23:47 PM, Dr Eberhard W Lisse <el at lisse.na> wrote:

> Just for the record, who owns AfriNIC's Whois database?
> I assume this will be the juristic person AfriNIC under South
> African law because its technical operations are located there but
> also under Mauritian law, with which I am even less familiar.
> AfriNIC's directors and staff might have a fiduciary responsibility
> in this regards under South African and/or Mauritian law, which
> might even be stronger because AfriNIC is a not for profit entity,
> with pertinent tax benefits.
> Letting outsiders interfere with, or dispose of AfriNIC's assets
> might have extreme personal repercussions for AfriNIC's directors
> and staff.
> But on the other hand, you can just let Ms Inne take the ding-dong if
> it happens...
> el
> On 2012-10-31 10:14 , Adiel Akplogan wrote:
> [...]
>> Pierre has mentioned WHOIS services and data accuracy that need to
>> be regulated.  Putting aside the scary word "regulation" here, I
>> will agree that WHOIS related issues are important to look at in
>> our region.  So in order to move the discussion forward, what are
>> the "regulation" measures that you think government should take to
>> solve the problem of accuracy?  What are regulators doing right
>> now to encourage Network Operator in their respective jurisdiction
>> to properly register and update their IP addresses usage in the
>> public WHOIS database already provided by AFRINIC? Can that
>> already be a starting point?
>> In April this year we have received a Policy proposal "AfriNIC
>> Whois Database Clean-up" AFPUB-2012-GEN-001-DRAFT-01
> [...]
>> (still under discussion) which, if approved by the community, will
>> trigger a process to cleanup our IP address WHOIS database.  That
>> proposal in fact reinforced the fact that the issue of WHOIS data
>> accuracy is also of concern for operators as well.
> [...]
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