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Registrars given six months to deploy Whois killer

ICANN has started the clock ticking on the mandatory industry-wide deployment of RDAP. gTLD registries and registrars have until August 26 this year to roll out RDAP services, which will one day replace the age-old Whois spec, ICANN said this week. Registration Data Access Protocol fulfills the same function as Whois, but it’s got better […]

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Alex Stamos on #domain WHOIS and Michael Cohen : European push for #GDPR enables criminal activity

Security expert, Alex Stamos, worked for Yahoo! and Facebook at managerial positions; he’s currently at Stanford as an Adjunct Professor at Stanford’s Freeman-Spogli Institute. Under the light of Michael Cohen’s testimony at the Congress, Mr. Stamos pointed out that the domain ShouldTrumpRun.com was under the control of a “Michael Cohen” with a NYC address in […]

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Expect more Whois accuracy emails under new ICANN policy

Registrars will be obliged to send out even more Whois accuracy emails, under a set of recommendations being considered in ICANN. Assuming recent recommendations out of the Whois policy working group are accepted, every registrant of a gTLD domain with something listed in the “Organization” field will receive a one-off mail from their registrar asking […]

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Pritz quits Whois privacy group as work enters impossible second phase

Kurt Pritz has quit as chair of the ICANN group working on Whois policy for the GDPR era. He informed the Whois Expedited Policy Development Process working group in a notice to its mailing list today, saying he was leaving for “a set of personal and professional reasons”. He said he will stick around until […]

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#GDPR focus brings Privacy Policy changes to #Uniregistry

Uniregistry has published an update to their Privacy Policy, primarily to align with European-centric GDPR requirements. From February 27th, domain WHOIS information will be redacted by default; many other domain registrars follow the same approach and let the domain registrant switch to WHOIS data visibility, if they desire. Note: Uniregistry is a premium sponsor of […]

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Surprise! Most private Whois look-ups come from Facebook

Facebook is behind almost two-thirds of requests for private Whois data, according to stats published by Tucows this week. Tucows said that it has received 2,100 requests for Whois data since it started redacting records in the public database when the General Data Protection Regulation came into effect last May. But 65% of these requests […]

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Crunch Whois privacy talks kick off

ICANN volunteers are meeting this week to attempt to finalize their recommendations on the future of Whois privacy. Most members of the Expedited Policy Development Process working group have gathered in Toronto for three days of talks on what will likely become, in May this year, new contractually binding ICANN policy. Discussions are kicking off […]

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This is how AppDetex works

A small brand-protection registrar with a big friend caused quite a stir at ICANN 63 here in Barcelona this week, after accusing registrars for the second time of shirking their duties to disclose private Whois data to trademark owners. AppDetex, which has close ties to Facebook, has sent something like 9,000 Whois requests to registrars […]

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ICANN denies it’s in bed with trademark lawyers

ICANN chair Cherine Chalaby has strongly denied claims from non-commercial stakeholders that its attitude to Whois reform is “biased” in favour of “special interests” such as trademark lawyers. In a remarkably fast reply (pdf) to a scathing October 17 letter (pdf) from the current and incoming chairs of the Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group, Chalaby dismissed several […]

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ICANN 63, Day 0 — registrars bollock DI as Whois debate kicks off

Blameless, cherubic domain industry news blogger Kevin Murphy received a bollocking from registrars over recent coverage of Whois reform yesterday, as he attended the first day of ICANN 63, here in Barcelona. Meanwhile, the community working group tasked with designing this reform put in a 10-hour shift of face-to-face talks, attempting to craft the language […]

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