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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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Nearly 650 Emoji Domains Expiring in Next 7 Days

It’s been a very exciting week for emoji domains with Vice News releasing Page Howe’s emoji domain interview. In addition, expiring emoji domain auctions are picking up steam in the last week or so, garnering greater visibility and activity at Go...
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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 and Afilias testing Whois killer

Verisign and Afilias have become the first two gTLD registries to start publicly testing a replacement for Whois. Both companies have this week started piloting implementations of RDAP, the Registration Data Access Protocol, which is expected to usurp the decades-old Whois protocol before long. Both pilots are in their very early stages and designed for […]
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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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Pilot program for Whois killer launches

ICANN is to oversee a set of pilot programs for RDAP, the protocol expected to eventually replace Whois. Registration Data Access Protocol, an IETF standard since 2015, fills the same function as Whois, but it is more structured and enables access control rules. ICANN said this week that it has launched the pilot in response […]
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Ombudsman steps in after harassment claims in Whois group

ICANN Ombudsman Herb Waye has started monitoring an ICANN mailing list after multiple complaints of disrespectful behavior. Waye this week told participants in the Registration Data Services working group that he is to trawl through their list archives and proactively monitor the group following “multiple complaints regarding behavior that contravenes the ICANN Expected Standards of […]
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ICANN loosens Whois privacy rules for registrars

ICANN has made it easier for registries and registrars to opt-out of Whois-related contractual provisions when they clash with local laws. From this week, accredited domain firms will not have to show that they are being investigated by local privacy or law enforcement authorities before they can request a waiver from ICANN. Instead, they’ll be […]
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