Privacy regulators in hotseat over future of ‘fundamental’ website owners list

The internet is at risk of becoming fragmented if online databases that show who owns websites are shut down after the EU’s new data protection law takes effect next month, the head of internet domain organisation ICANN has warned.

National data protection authorities from EU member states are under pressure to spell out whether the databases, known as the WHOIS system, can stay online and continue displaying personal information like names, email addresses and phone numbers of people who registered internet domain names.

Source: Privacy regulators in hotseat over future of ‘fundamental’ website owners list – EURACTIV.com

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