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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)

EU court could settle ICANN data gathering dispute

The internet’s global domain name organisation, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has appealed a recent ruling by a court in Germany on the amount of data that domain name registrars can be forced to gather on people operating websites.

“If the Higher Regional Court does not agree with ICANN or is not clear about the scope of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ICANN is also asking the Higher Regional Court to refer the issues in ICANN’s appeal to the [CJEU],” ICANN said in a statement.

Source: EU court could settle ICANN data gathering dispute

Domain Names and GDPR

When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect across the EU on 25 May 2018, large amounts of WHOIS data will no longer be publicly available. WHOIS has to date been a public register of contact information about people controlling domain names (and websites hosted at them), and so has been an important source of information about those who both own and infringe IP.

Source: Eu: Domain Names And Whois Information – Changes Afoot When The Gdpr Comes Into Force – Get Ready!

WHOIS Going to Deal with Cybersecurity: GDPR Edition

WHOIS, the system used for querying databases of information on domain name registrations and IP addresses, has been a vital tool for journalists, security researchers and law enforcement in identifying and tracking spammers, phishers, identity thieves and other cybercriminals.

Source: WHOIS Going to Deal with Cybersecurity: GDPR Edition

GDPR could stifle online brand enforcement

Brand owners are likely to face major new challenges when seeking to enforce their intellectual property rights online as a result of imminent changes to data protection laws in Europe.

Brand owners could be left unable to identify the registrants of websites that host infringing content or sell counterfeit goods as a result of the reforms, as the GDPR is prompting changes to the existing ‘WHOIS’ system used for recording and searching the names and contact details of domain name owners throughout the world.

Source: GDPR could stifle online brand enforcement

Weighing Privacy vs. Security for the Internet’s Address Book

If you have your own domain name, you’ll find your name and home address on Whois, unless you pay for a proxy service to hide that information. New European privacy rules may change this—not just in Europe, but around the world.

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation will take effect on May 25. The regulation forbids companies from sharing their European customers’ personal data without explicit permission, and gives customers the right to delete their data at any time. As a result, Whois entries may soon contain a lot less information.

Source: Weighing Privacy vs. Security for the Internet’s Address Book | WIRED

International Privacy Experts Adopt Privacy Recommendations for Web Registration

The International Working Group on Data Protection has adopted new recommendations to enhance the privacy of website registration data. The Berlin-based Working Group includes Data Protection Authorities and experts who assess emerging privacy challenges.

The “Working Paper on Privacy and Data Protection Issues with Regard to Registrant data and the WHOIS Directory” highlights privacy risks of the current registration system.

Source: International Privacy Experts Adopt Privacy Recommendations for Web Registration

Commission lobbies for police access to website owners list

The European Commission has suggested that law enforcement authorities could soon have restricted access to the WHOIS database that identifies website owners because the system is on a collision course with the EU’s strict new data protection law.

Source: Commission lobbies for police access to website owners list – EURACTIV.com

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