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NTIA head: No Whois is “unmitigated victory for the spammers and scammers”

Redl says U.S. government continues to fight for access to Whois information. This morning at the Internet Governance Forum in Washington, D.C., NTIA Assistant Secretary David Redl spoke about the impact of the EU’s GDPR on Whois. He said the lack of public Whois is an “unmitigated victory for the spammers and scammers that plague […]

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ICANN appeals German court ruling as it seeks definitive ruling on GDPR and Whois data collection

ICANN wants to know if collecting certain Whois data is a violation of GDPR. A court battle in Germany over the impact of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) continues. ICANN filed a legal action against EPAG, a registrar owned by Tucows, on May 25–the same day GDPR went into effect. It asked for […]

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Consensus be damned: here’s how transfers will work at Tucows after GDPR

Tucows will follow TechOps subcommittee recommendation for domain transfers as ICANN figures out what to do. Here’s the thing about GDPR and domain name registrars/registries: if they wait for ICANN to figure out how to address GDPR, it will be too late to make the necessary changes to comply with the law. GDPR enforcement goes […]

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GDPR will make domain name transfers more difficult

Lack of contact details in public Whois could thwart inter-registrar domain transfers. A few Domain Name Wire readers have asked how domain name transfers will work if domain registrars and registries eliminate contact details from Whois in response to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As it stands right now, domain name transfers could […]

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Whois GDPR carnage continues: Afilias to ditch almost all data in Whois on millions of domains

Afilias will stop showing contact info and ownership data on millions of domains including .info, .mobi and more. Much of the focus of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as it relates to Whois has been on registrars. But many top level domains operate under a “thick Whois” system in which the registry maintains the personal […]

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Austria’s TLD takes more nuanced approach to GDPR and Whois

ccTLD will treat personal and corporate data differently. A common interpretation of The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is that it applies to individuals who live in Europe but not businesses there. Still, most models I’ve seen for Whois compliance post-GDPR treat all types of registrants the same. Austria’s .at top level domain is taking […]

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Amsterdam refuses to publish Whois records as GDPR row escalates

Two Dutch geo-gTLDs are refusing to provide public access to Whois records in what could be a sign of things to come for the whole industry under new European privacy law. Both .amsterdam and .frl appear to be automatically applying privacy to registrant data and say they will only provide full Whois access to vetted […]
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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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