Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
GDPR and the Impact on Brand Protection: One Year Later
More than a year has passed since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect. As a result, the Internet is littered now with articles about the fines Data Protection Authorities have levied against big data processors. However, there is at least one GDPR news angle that has not garnered as much attention – the adverse impact that GDPR has had on those who work daily to clean up the Internet. Follwing the GDPR, domain name registries and registrars have opted to redact, from public display, registrant contact information from their WHOIS records. As we reported in our blog post... Read More
Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs
What’s Next for WHOIS: ICANN Board Approves EPDP Phase 1 Final Report
The ICANN board held a special meeting on May 15, 2019, during which it approved twenty-seven of the twenty-nine policy recommendations in the EPDP Phase 1 Final Report. The Phase 1 report represents the start of the ICANN community’s bottom-up consensus-driven policymaking effort to reinvent WHOIS (now called “registration data”) in a way that complies with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This report, combined with Phase 2 of the EPDP, will replace the Temporary Specification, which was an emergency measure passed by the ICANN board to bring registration data into compliance with GDPR in the short term while the... Read More
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

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