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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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Tucows’ revenue hit $85 million in Q3, company plans for GDPR

Revenue hits another record as company works to meet EU privacy law deadline. Domain name, mobile and internet services company Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) reported earnings after the bell yesterday. The company reported record quarterly revenue of $85.0 million. That’s up 73% compared to the same quarter last year, with most of the growth coming from the […]

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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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Verisign files patent app for Thick Whois with privacy compliance

Verisign patent application covers handling European Union compliance. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will affect how domain name Whois services are delivered starting next year (podcast). In some cases, including .com, the burden as of now will fall on domain name registrars. In the so-called “thin Whois” model that .com uses, registrant […]

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Will May 2018 be the death of Whois?

Whois will change forever next year. On May 25, 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into full effect. The privacy regulation will have a major impact on industries that handle personal data of people in the EU, including the domain name industry. Domain name companies are scrambling to figure out […]

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