I received this in my email this morning:
The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) is a non-profit Internet number registry for the U.S., Canada, and parts of the Caribbean.
You are receiving this message for one of these reasons:
* Your Internet service provider has registered you as a Point of Contact (POC) for your organization's IP addresses shown in ARIN's Whois, which is the public registry of IP addresses issued in this region.
* You have obtained IP addresses and/or Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs) directly from ARIN.
We ask each POC to verify their information as part of ARIN's annual validation process. Validating your POCs helps us to maintain an accurate registry. Your POC information is shown below.
Is this something I need to confirm? It is asking for name and address and name of business. Stuff like that.
If not it can probably be ignored.
Is the sender familiar? (I mean in the View Header mode of you mailer where you see ALL data?).
AKA Verify it isn't spam (manual way).
Then some registrars did formulate a policy (and that was accepted when obtaining the ASN/ IP-Address Range) to have Identifyable data in the WHOIS database.
Some registrars will do this for you for a fee (Put their own name in and relieve you of any burden to fill out the data, and respond to enquiries about the subject).
The WHOIS DB serves to find the owner of (ASN, DomainName, IP Address Range) in case of abuse reports and the owner needs to be identified.