WHY THE PUBLIC DIRECTORY OF DOMAIN NAMES IS ABOUT TO VANISH – WHAT’S HAPPENED TO WHOIS

Chatham House on 18th October published an article on the background to the problems faced by Whois after the GDPR came into effect in the EU.  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the US-based private company that co-ordinates internet domains and IP addresses, required companies that register domain names to collect and publish personal data in the so-called WHOIS service.  On 25th May, the WHOIS ‘went dark’ – all personal data was removed.  Whereas most public registers (like Companies House or the Land Registry in the UK) are required by statute, giving legal cover for their processing of personal data, there is no an equivalent in the ICANN world.

https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/why-public-directory-domain-names-about-vanish

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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