Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
Blazing new trails for data discovery at ICANN64
Last week, more than 1,700 individuals from around the globe attended the first ICANN meeting of the year, hosted in Kobe, Japan. Members of our Domain, Sales, Marketing and GRM teams actively participated in the ICANN policy development and informational working sessions and held important meetings with valued Japanese clients and business partners. As has been the case for the last year, the most important discussions at ICANN last week involved the work of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) and the working group tasked with developing a new policy for the collection, storage, transfer, and display of registrant data, commonly... Read More
Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs
GDPR, WHOIS and impacts to brand protection: Nine months later
Last October, we posted an article describing the impacts of redacted registration data (“WHOIS”) on its domain name protection, anti-counterfeit, anti-piracy, and anti-fraud services. As explained in that post, MarkMonitor uses WHOIS data for several legitimate purposes, including investigating infringing domain names, identifying the source of phishing attacks, and issuing cease & desist letters to cybercriminals, counterfeiters, and infringers. When GDPR became effective, ICANN issued a Temporary Specification for the collection, storage and display of registration data and, since that time, MarkMonitor has been working with registrars and registries to obtain WHOIS data needed to stop infringement and other forms of... Read More
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
EPDP on domain registration data: One step forward, two giant leaps back
ICANN’s expedited policy development working group (EPDP), tasked with creating future policy for the collection, storage, transfer and disclosure of domain name registration data (commonly referred to as “WHOIS data”), concluded Phase 1 of its work in February, with the GNSO Council voting to approve and send the report to the ICANN Board with a recommendation to approve as the new policy for domain name registration data. While the EPDP did a phenomenal job in identifying the lawful basis and purpose for processing each data element in WHOIS (a mind-numbing exercise required by GDPR), from the perspective of IP rights holders,... Read More
Senior Writer
Online threats to watch in 2019
From cryptocurrency schemes to counterfeit ploys, there’s no slowdown in sight for cybercrime. Asia-based threats continue to surge. Counterfeit goods from China and Hong Kong combine to make up an estimated 86 percent of the world’s counterfeits, the value of which totals nearly $400 billion. A 2018 Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), released by Symantec, indicates that IoT attacks saw a 600 percent increase in 2017, while coin-mining activity spiked 34,000 percent. Watch these trends in the year ahead, and we’ll keep you up to speed as 2019 unfolds with whitepapers, webinars and events. Keep your eye on the crypto-sphere Threats... Read More
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
The unexpected consequences of GDPR
According to the European Commission, “the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was put into place to ensure one set of data protection rules for all companies operating in the EU, wherever they are based.” The purpose of this important privacy regulation is to ensure that individuals, residing in EU member states, have more control over their personal data and that data collectors take required steps to protect that data. No one can argue against the benefits of knowing the purpose for why personal data is collected and how it will be used, processed and disposed of; still, six months after the... Read More

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