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
Portfolio Marketing Director
Mobile commerce: A battle cry for brand protection
Smartphone usage today extends far beyond the basics of texts and calls.  More than 80 percent of surveyed consumers now say they prefer these devices over computers when it comes to buying goods and services. This includes product searches, price comparisons and locating stores. Global mobile commerce (or m-commerce), meanwhile, is expected to reach new heights in revenue, with a projected $669 billion spent in 2018 alone. However, as m-commerce makes online shopping easier and simpler, especially for busy, on-the-go consumers, it also opens up new channels for counterfeiters to promote fake goods and dupe consumers. The problem is that some brands are... Read More
Senior Writer
Summit speakers impart wisdom on winning at online protection
Tackling online crime shouldn't work like operating a conveyor belt at high speed, but that's exactly how it is for many brands before they optimize strategies. "I used to liken it to the 'I Love Lucy' episode where she's working the chocolate factory, and the chocolate's going by, and it's her job to pick up each piece, wrap it up and put it back," said Lauren Dienes-Middlen, Esq., SVP, Assistant General Counsel – Intellectual Property, WWE, Inc. "Then it starts to speed up and speed up, and she can't keep up."  The fourth annual New York Summit covered everything from changes... 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