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ICANN approves messy, unfinished Whois policy

With a week left on the GDPR compliance clock, ICANN has formally approved a new Whois policy that will hit all gTLD registries and registrars next Friday. The Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data represents the first time in its history ...
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UK residents might lose their .EU domain names thanks to Brexit

European Commission says United Kingdom registrants will not be able to renew their domains after Brexit is completed. Last year a DNW Podcast listener asked me what Brexit would mean for people in the UK. At the time, it was unclear. It’s looking more and more likely that they will lose their domain names because […]

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Big changes at DomainTools as privacy law looms

Regular users of DomainTools should expect significant changes to their service, possibly unwelcome, as the impact of incoming European Union privacy law begins to be felt. Professional users such as domain investors are most likely to be impacted by t...
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How Whois could survive new EU privacy law

Reports of the death of Whois may have been greatly exaggerated. Lawyers for ICANN reckon the current public system “could continue to exist in some form” after new European Union privacy laws kick in next May, according to advice published...
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ICANN: tell us how you will break Whois rules

ICANN has invited registrars and registries to formally describe how they plan to break the current rules governing Whois in order to come into compliance with European Union law. The organization today published a set of guidelines for companies to su...
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ICANN chief tells industry to lawyer up as privacy law looms

The domain name industry should not rely on ICANN to protect it from incoming EU privacy law. That’s the strong message that came out of ICANN 60 in Abu Dhabi last week, with the organization’s CEO repeatedly advising companies to seek their own legal advice on compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation. The organization […]
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