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April 20, 2018 10:27

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auDA refers former directors to police

Imploding Australian ccTLD registry auDA has ratted out “several” of its former directors to the local cops, it was revealed this week. In a message to its community to mark Chris Leptos’ 150th day as chair of the organization, he wrote: I am disappointed to advise you that in my first week as Independent Chair […]

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CoCCA to charge trademark owners for Whois access

CoCCA has become the first domain registry to publicly announce that it will charge trademark owners for access to Whois records. The company said it plans to release an updated version of its software and registry service, containing a range of features for ensuring General Data Protection Regulation compliance, on April 20. The public Whois […]

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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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ICANN confirms GoDaddy Whois probe

ICANN is looking into claims that GoDaddy is in breach of its registrar accreditation contract. The organization last week told IP lawyer Brian Winterfeldt that his complaint about the market-leading registrar throttling and censoring Whois queries over port 43 is being looked at by its compliance department. The brief note (pdf) says that Compliance is […]

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Afilias scraps plan to scrap Whois

Afilias has “temporarily suspended” its plan to migrate its TLDs to an essentially thin Whois model. In what appears to be an effort to roll back some GDPR-related gun-jumping, the registry said it will instead wait and see how ICANN’s efforts to consult with European data protection authorities play out. Afilias had told its registrars […]

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GDPR will make domain name transfers more difficult

Lack of contact details in public Whois could thwart inter-registrar domain transfers. A few Domain Name Wire readers have asked how domain name transfers will work if domain registrars and registries eliminate contact details from Whois in response to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As it stands right now, domain name transfers could […]

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Whois policy group closes down in face of GDPR

An ICANN working group devoted to crafting Whois policy has closed down “until further notice” in light of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The Registration Data Service Policy Development Process Working Group will have no more meetings until it receives “guidance from the [ICANN] Board regarding how this WG will be affected by the […]

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Marby ponders emergency powers to avoid fragmented Whois

ICANN could invoke emergency powers in its contracts to prevent Whois becoming “fragmented” after EU privacy laws kick in next month. That’s a possibility that emerged during a DI interview with ICANN CEO Goran Marby yesterday. Marby told us that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that European data protection authorities will soon provide clear guidance that will […]

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Registrars will miss GDPR deadline by a mile

Registries and registrars won’t be able to implement ICANN’s proposed overhaul of the Whois system in time for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect. That’s according to an estimated timetable (pdf) sent by ICANN’s contracted parties to the organization this week. While they feel confident that some elements of ICANN’s GDPR compliance […]

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ICANN chief begs privacy watchdogs for Whois advice

ICANN CEO Goran Marby has written to the data protection authorities of all 28 European Union states, along with the European Data Protection Supervisor, to ask for guidance on how to implement new privacy laws. Marby also asked the DPAs about the possibility of an enforcement moratorium, to give the domain industry and ICANN more […]

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