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
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
Global Relationship Manager
GDPR the tip of the iceberg at Vancouver summit
Much occurred at the Global Domains Division (GDD) Summit in Vancouver last week, and contrary to popular belief it did not revolve 100% around General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDD Summit provides ICANN accredited registrars, gTLD registries and the ICANN Global Domains Division the opportunity to engage and discuss issues of mutual importance. MarkMonitor sent a team of employees to the GDD Summit to take part in the sessions, working groups and to meet with strategic partners including ICANN staff, registries and registrars. Although General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) monopolized much of the conversation, there were many other topics discussed.... Read More
Domain Services Manager
A ccTLD Paradigm Shift (Part II): The Evolution Continues
It used to be that ccTLD domains were only used to target the ccTLD’s country and — if transactions were possible — the local currency would be supported. Language is not necessarily a determining factor for ccTLDs as the idea in creating ccTLDs is that they are for a country or region. A best practice is to get a good SEO expert onboard if the intent is to target global users with ccTLDs like in the examples below, because search engines give ccTLDs geo-specific indicators to help with providing relevant results to users. Secondary Meanings, Second Level Domains and Liberalization One... 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