In an effort to establish a permanent policy for WHOIS data collection, processing and access in compliance with the European Union’s General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR), the ICANN multi-stakeholder community will kick off a first-of-its-kind Expe...dited Policy Development Process (EPDP) next week.
This EPDP will result in a new policy that takes the place of the Temporary Specification approved by the ICANN Board on May 17, 2018, which took effect May 25, 2018, and expires on May 25, 2019. Learn more in our past GDPR posts or by watching our most recent ICANN meeting recap webinar.
Consensus-based policy development among various...Read More
The GDPR enforcement deadline may have passed, but that’s not to say its impact isn’t still felt by businesses of all kinds.
The consequences on the likes of WHOIS have been enormous, and they are set to continue long into the future. Statton Hammock..., Vice President of Global Policy and Industry Development for MarkMonitor, discussed this at length in a 30-minute presentation at this year’s MarkMonitor NYC Summit in April. As our resident GDPR expert, Hammock is perfectly placed to discuss the finer details of the regulation and throughout his talk provides a wealth of insights as to what we can...Read More
The next phase of consumer-centric brand protection is complete! We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Websites Module Brand Protection platform.
With millions of dollars invested in building a brand, companies can’t afford to be reactiv...e when attacks happen. Brand owners have to manage everything, from cybersquatting and counterfeiting, to hijacked search traffic and partner non-compliance.
Tactics are diverse and widespread, often beginning when fraudsters use trademarks in deceitful paid search ads, URLs, mobile apps, misleading websites and spam email to divert traffic to competing or even illicit sites. Paid search scams as well as SEO manipulation tactics...Read More
We all know by now that the enforcement of GDPR has caused complications in the brand protection sphere, the most notable of which being the demise of WHOIS.
With most registrars redacting the registrant data, even if the registrant is not located in... the EU or not a natural person, we are essentially facing a WHOIS blackout of registrant information.
In these uncertain times, we’ve answered six questions that help to shine a light on the current situation.
Why are registrars deciding to hide their registrant data?
In late May, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved a...Read More
World Cup fans beware: Counterfeit products are on the market.
FIFA runs a global licensing program allowing licensees to produce Official Licensed Products for the FIFA World Cup™ and legitimately promote merchandise. However, as we all know, where ...there’s a business opportunity – counterfeiters lie in waiting to take advantage. Consequently, it’s important that fans be very careful when purchasing these items, whether a football, hat, jersey, t-shirt, toy, keychain, World Cup trophy or really any other products.
Tickets, too, are a hot commodity for counterfeiters. In fact, just recently, more than 3,500 counterfeit 2018 World Cup tickets were sold to...Read More