Domain names and WHOIS information in a post-GDPR world

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) having taken effect across the EU on 25 May 2018, this has meant a big change to the availability of WHOIS data. Temporary arrangements are now in place so that the WHOIS system is still (in a much restricted form) available. This is as a result of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (“Temporary Specification”) which came into effect on 25 May 2018 and applies to operators of gTLD registries and ICANN-accredited Registrars such as the likes of GoDaddy.

However, as can be seen from the information below, the critical information for those bringing domain name disputes, namely registrant contact information, is no longer publicly available and as things stand currently there is no uniform way of obtaining access to it.

Read full article: EUROPE: Domain names and WHOIS information in a post-GDPR world (gTLDs update)

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