On Friday, December 16th, CSTI submitted the following comments (see “CSTI letter to FTC,”below) in response to the FTC’s rulemaking, “Impersonation of Government and Businesses.” The FTC’s effort is intended to, “prohibit the impersonation of government, businesses, or their officials,” and focused on the, “utility and scope” of such regulation. CSTI offered comments linking the lack of accurate, accessible domain name registration information to the ability for criminal fraud, including the importation of government officials and businesses.

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About the Coalition for a Secure and Transparent Internet
The Coalition for a Secure and Transparent Internet (CSTI) was formed to educate federal and international policymakers and stakeholders on the critical importance of open access to WHOIS data, and to advocate for appropriate policy decisions to protect this crucial tool. CSTI is comprised of companies, nonprofits, trade associations, academics and others who support open access to WHOIS data.