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June 21, 2018 18:15

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Domainers could lose their names as .au loophole closes

Domain investors dabbling in the .au space could face losing their names under new policies set to be proposed. The .au Policy Review Panel, which helps set policy for Australian ccTLD registry auDA, said this week it is thinking about closing a loophole related to domain monetization that has allowed “speculation and warehousing” in violation […]

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In GDPR case, ICANN ready to fight Tucows to the bitter end

ICANN has appealed its recent court defeat as it attempts to force a Tucows subsidiary to carry on collecting full Whois data from customers. The org said yesterday that it is taking its lawsuit against Germany-based EPAG to a higher court and has asked it to bounce the case up to the European Court of […]

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Atallah encourages domainers to get involved in ICANN

ICANN Global Domains Division chief Akram Atallah today encouraged domain investors to participate more in the ICANN community. “Domain investors’ voices need to be heard in ICANN,” he said during brief remarks opening NamesCon Europe here in Valencia this morning. “Your voices are as important as everyone else’s and should be heard,” he said. He […]

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US asks if it should take back control over ICANN

The US government has asked the public whether it should reverse its 2016 action to relinquish oversight of the domain name system root. “Should the IANA Stewardship Transition be unwound? If yes, why and how? If not, why not?” That’s the surprisingly direct question posed, among many others, in a notice of inquiry (pdf) issued […]

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Court denies ICANN’s GDPR injunction against Tucows

A German court has refused ICANN’s request for a GDPR-related injunction against Tucows’ local subsidiary EPAG, throwing a key prong of ICANN’s new Whois policy into chaos. EPAG now appears to be free to stop collecting contact information for each domain’s administrative and technical contacts — the standard Admin-C and Tech-C fields. The ruling may […]

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Million-euro Tucows GDPR lawsuit may not be ICANN’s last

ICANN has filed a lawsuit against a Tucows subsidiary in Germany in an effort to resolve a disagreement about how new European privacy law should be interpreted, and according to ICANN’s top lawyer it may not be the last. The organization said late Friday that it is taking local registrar EPAG to court in Bonn, […]

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How all 33 European ccTLDs are handling GDPR

Happy GDPR Day everyone! Today’s the day that the European Union’s not-quite-long-enough-awaited General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect, giving registries and registrars the world over the prospect of scary fines if they don’t keep their registrants’ Whois data private. So I thought today would be the perfect day to summarize what each EU or […]

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After outcry, ICANNWiki to get ICANN funding next year

ICANNWiki will continue to get funding from its namesake, after community members complained about ICANN’s plan to abandon its $100,000 annual grant. The independent wiki project will get $66,000 instead in the year beginning July 1, which will drop to $33,000 in ICANN’s fiscal 2020. The funding will then disappear completely. It’s a slight reprieve […]

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ICANN slashes new gTLD income forecast AGAIN

ICANN has yet again been forced to lower its funding expectations from new gTLDs, as the industry continues to face growth challenges. In its latest draft fiscal year 2019 budget, likely to be approved at the end of the month, it’s cut $1.7 million from the amount it expects to receive in new gTLD transaction […]

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ICANN board talking GDPR “litigation”

ICANN’s board of directors is meeting today to discuss its “litigation strategy” concerning the General Data Protection Regulation, the EU privacy legislation due to make Whois unrecognizable come Friday. Those two words are basically the only item on its agenda for a special board meeting today. I’ve been unable to squeeze any further information out […]

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