Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs
ICANN63 Barcelona: Updates from the 20th AGM
The MarkMonitor team is pleased to provide updates from the recent ICANN meeting in Barcelona, Spain. This meeting marked the 20-year anniversary of ICANN’s existence and was ICANN’s 20th Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM format consists of seven days of sessions and includes two open community sessions, during which the ICANN board makes itself available for questions and comments from anyone in attendance. This year’s AGM kicked off with an additional daylong session of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) team, meeting to work on the state of WHOIS data post-GDPR. The MarkMonitor team was engaged in various sessions for... Read More
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
GDPR and WHOIS: Adverse Impacts on Brand Protection
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 information 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
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
Protecting your brand in a world with limited WHOIS data
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
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
ICANN conversation moves from display to access
Is anyone else struggling to remember a time before the GDPR? It’s only been a few weeks since the regulation came into effect, but there have already been plenty of developments in the brand protection field – so much so that it’s hard to imagine a pre-GDPR era. Before the GDPR officially came into effect, the majority of conversations in the domain name industry centered around the display of registrant information within WHOIS – how much would be publicly available, and how much of an impact would this have on brand protection efforts. Unfortunately, while there has not been a total... Read More
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Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs
ICANN Update: Expedited Policy Development Process Kicks Off
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 Expedited 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

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With more than 14 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More