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April 26, 2018 21:18

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Panic stations as Europe plays hardball on Whois privacy

Hopes that Whois records will continue to be available to broad sections of the internet community appeared dashed this week as European data protection heads ripped holes in ICANN’s plan for the industry to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation. ICANN CEO Goran Marby warned that Whois faces imminent fragmentation and expressed disappointment that […]

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Big changes at DomainTools as privacy law looms

Regular users of DomainTools should expect significant changes to their service, possibly unwelcome, as the impact of incoming European Union privacy law begins to be felt. Professional users such as domain investors are most likely to be impacted by the changes. The company hopes to announce how its services will be rejiggered to comply with […]

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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 submit proposals for closing off parts of Whois to most internet users. It’s the latest […]

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Open Whois must die, Europe privacy chiefs tell ICANN

Unfettered public access to full Whois records is illegal and has to got to go, an influential European Union advisory body has told ICANN. The Article 29 Working Party on Data Protection, WP29, wrote to ICANN yesterday to say that “that the original purposes of the WHOIS directories can be achieved via layered access” and […]

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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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.EU Domains Increase To 3.87 Million

The latest progress report from the .eu registry, EURid, is out and is showing that during Q4 2015, the number of .eu registrations increased by 7 937 domain names, a net increase of 0.2%, to 3.87 million. During the last … Continue reading →

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Sedo links up with .EU whois to sell domains

Name not available? Whois searchers will now see if it’s for sale. EURid is now showing if a domain name is listed for sale at Sedo when someone does a whois lookup, and linking directly to the sale listing. This is a nifty deal. Keep in mind that full .eu whois records are only available […]

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.wine no longer blocked after EU drops complaint

Donuts and ICANN are currently in the process of signing new gTLD agreements for .wine and .vin, after the European Union and wine sellers dropped objections. As of today, both gTLDs are “In Contracting” rather than “On Hold”, according to ICANN’s web site. ICANN revealed earlier this week that the European Union and various wine […]

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EU IDN not banned after all

The European Union request for the Greek-script ccTLD .ευ has not been thrown out, according to ICANN. Last week DI reported that .ευ was the only one of three IDN ccTLD requests — the other two being Bulgaria’s .бг and Greece’s .ελ — to fail a test for confusing similarity on appeal. .ευ was found […]

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The .eu Web Awards Finalists: Museums.eu, StartupItalia.eu

Eurid, the .eu registry, announced the 15 website finalists for the .eu Web Awards. The .eu Web Awards is an online competition launched with the objective to distinguish and award .eu websites that are leaders in five particular categories. The three … Continue reading →

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