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September 25, 2018 00:04

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ICANN loses in German court (again)

Attempts to get an injunction forcing a German registrar to collect certain Whois data are failing. ICANN has yet again failed to convince German courts that an injunction is needed to force domain name registrar EPAG to continue collecting certain information for Whois. The non-profit domain name overseer sued EPAG, part of Tucows, the day […]

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Mediators hired as Whois reformers butt heads

ICANN has hired professional mediators to help resolve strong disagreements in the working group tasked with reforming Whois for the post-GDPR world. Kurt Pritz, chair of the Expedited Policy Development Process for Whois, last week told the group that ICANN has drafted in the Consensus Building Institute, with which it has worked before, to help […]

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Beginning of the end for DomainTools? Court orders it to scrub Whois records

DomainTools has been temporarily banned from collecting and publishing the Whois records of all .nz domains. A Washington court yesterday handed down a preliminary injunction against the company, after New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission sued it in July for scraping and republishing its Whois in violation of its terms of service. Notably — especially if […]

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Spamhaus chimes in on spam-after-GDPR claims

Group says there could be many reasons spam hasn’t increased after GDPR. Yes, spam is down since the date GDPR caused Whois records to go dark. But anti-spam group Spamhaus says there are many possible reasons for this, and not having Whois information is hampering its efforts. The back story is this: anti-spam and internet […]

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Empty Whois a threat to the US elections?

Could a lack of Whois records thwart the fight against attempts to interfere in this year’s US elections? That’s the threat raised by DomainTools CEO Tim Chen in a blog post, and others, this week. Chen points to recent research by Facebook, based on an investigation by security company FireEye, that linked a large network […]

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Whois privacy did NOT increase spam volumes

The advent of more-or-less blanket Whois privacy has not immediately led to the feared uptick in spam, according to researchers. Data from Cisco’s Talos email data service, first highlighted by security company Recorded Future this week, shows spam levels have been basically flat to slightly down since ICANN’s GDPR-inspired new Whois policy came into effect […]

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Could a new US law make GDPR irrelevant?

Opponents of Whois privacy are pushing for legislation that would basically reverse the impact of GDPR for the vast majority of domain names. Privacy advocate Milton Mueller of the Internet Governance Project today scooped the news that draft legislation to this effect is being circulated by “special interests” in Washington DC. He’s even published the […]

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How to import your Whois data into Watch My Domains

Even with Port 43 limits and GDPR, you can still download your Whois info from select registrars. A lot of domain name investors use Watch My Domains Pro to manage their domain name portfolio. But as domain name registrars limit access to Whois in the GDPR era, it has become difficult for domain owners to […]

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ICANN closes GoDaddy Whois probe

ICANN has closed its investigation into GoDaddy’s Whois practices with no action taken. Senior VP of compliance Jamie Hedlund yesterday wrote to David Redl, head of the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration, to provide an update on the probe, news of which first emerged in April. The NTIA and members of the intellectual property […]

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These 33 people will decide the future of Whois

The names of the people who will decide the future of global gTLD Whois policy have been revealed. Twenty-nine of 33 open seats of the GNSO’s Expedited Policy Development Process on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data are now filled and their occupants known. The EPDP group is tasked with, in just a few […]

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