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April 20, 2018 10:46

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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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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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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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Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous; How Chatbots Feed Into Millennials’ Need For Instant Gratification

Edward Snowden: Facebook is a surveillance company rebranded as ‘social media’; The Misconceptions Around Side Hustles & How to File Your Taxes in the Gig Economy; Michael Dell: First financial statement for Dell. The one I used to convince my parents that it was OK for me to not go back to college; Hackers Are […]

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Privacy could be a million-dollar business for ICANN

ICANN has set out the fees it plans to charge to officially accredit Whois proxy and privacy services, in the face of resistance from some registrars. VP of finance Becky Nash told registrars during a session at ICANN 61 last week that they can expect to pay $3,500 for their initial accreditation and $4,000 per […]

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Now Latvia guts Whois to comply with GDPR

Latvia has become the latest country to announce plans to cut back on Whois provision to comply with incoming European Union privacy law. Its .lv ccTLD is the first I’m aware of to announce that it plans to cut back on the amount of data it actually collects in addition to how much it publishes. […]

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