GDPR forces rethink of WHOIS information

GDPR forces rethink of WHOIS information

Most of us regularly use the ICANN’s WHOIS database, which is the main resource for reliable and secure website registration data and contact information about the registrant.

This pragmatic register is now under threat from the new European Privacy regulations that will apply from 25 May of this year: the GDPR or the General Data Protection Regulation of 27 April 2016.

ICANN has now put out for consultation 3 alternative models and hopes to take a decision on at least an interim-solution by early February.

The upshot will however be that less information will be publicly available, reducing transparency and potentially confidence in the Internet.   One of the many unintended consequences of this far-reaching legislation.


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