Global Head of Marketing, MarkMonitor
GDPR: The impact on WHOIS and IP enforcement
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
Portfolio Marketing Director
Improved platform protects consumers on websites
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 reactive 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
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
Six things you need to know post-GDPR
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
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
Will WHOIS ever be the same, post-GDPR?
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in force, brand protection experts are having to familiarize themselves with the challenges this introduces relating to online brand protection. One of the most significant of these is the fate of WHOIS, the domain name lookup service. WHOIS was a vital tool for consumer and brand protection efforts, but since the GDPR was enforced on May 25, important registrant data has become unavailable to the public. WHOIS in its previous form was not GDPR compliant, as it displayed personally identifiable data including names, email and home addresses and more. In late May, the... Read More
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
Will the introduction of GDPR make brand protection more challenging?
We like to assume that the companies we interact with and purchase from are morally sentient enough to respect privacy principles, but unfortunately, this is not always the case. This is why European authorities have introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which aims to provide extra protection for EU citizens while also ensuring companies are handling customer data responsibly. However, despite the EU’s good intentions, GDPR is set to actually make protection of customers more difficult – mostly because of the negative impact it will have on WHOIS, the domain name lookup service that is integral to online abuse efforts.... Read More

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With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More