More than four months have passed since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became effective, resulting in many domain name registries and registrars moving to redact registrant information from their public WHOIS records (including informa...tion related to legal entities and persons not located in the European Economic Area; redactions that are beyond the scope of the privacy regulation).
Historically, domain name registrant information in WHOIS has been used by cybersecurity experts, brand protection service providers, law enforcement, intellectual property owners, and child protection advocates to identify, contact, and prosecute individuals who propagate websites that sell counterfeit goods and pirated movies, TV...Read More
Jane Sunderland, of Sunderlaw Strategies, Inc., never imagined that studying biological evolution would someday lead her down a road to data analysis in online protection.
But she joined the MarkMonitor Forum as a speaker on that very topic last week.... Juxtaposing it with the an ever-developing intellectual property industry, she explained:
“It’s about figuring out what the data has to say about trends,” she said. “There have been a lot of changes.”
Among those changes – the fact that online protection challenges now span more business departments and industries than ever. In fact, a MarkMonitor report, slated for release this October,...Read More
GDPR has impacted all areas of business, but for brand protection professionals and those concerned with protecting intellectual property rights, the consequences have been tremendous.
No longer able to view domain registrant contact information for ...IP enforcement efforts, law enforcement and brand protection professionals need to seek alternative methods for finding information necessary to identify copyright and trademark infringers. So when faced with a lack of access to critical information from the WHOIS database and data privacy issues around GDPR, brand owners should revise methods within their traditional three-step approach which includes investigation, identification and enforcement.
A toolkit for brand owners...Read More
The SSL saga continues.
Security certificates are becoming increasingly more important for establishing trust as more users transact online. Threats of online identity theft and fraud have led consumers and business partners to demand assurance that ...personal, financial and business data remains safe. New changes in internet standards and web browsers are giving websites that use HTTPS a leg up and are actively distrusting unsecure sites that remain on HTTP.
Mid-October will herald the release of Firefox 63 and Chrome 70. As a result, users who visit websites with missing or outdated SSL certificates will be greeted with security warnings.
Decentralized domains such as .BIT, .ETH, .COIN, and .LIB, which are based on blockchain technology, have experienced renewed relevance with the growing popularity of blockchain technology and data privacy policies. While these "domains" are not true... domain names – meaning they do not use the ICANN-coordinated DNS and do not resolve to content in the traditional sense – they do allow for other activities among cryptocurrency holders such as connecting directly to their ‘wallets.’ While originally these domains were minimally used, lately they have increased in importance as they begin to impact the new gTLD namespace, and the “real DNS”, in...Read More