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
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
Tags: gdpr, ICANN, whois
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
Preserving Whois and GDPR Readiness
Nearly four weeks have passed since my last blog post that analyzed ICANN’s three proposed GDPR compliant WHOIS models.  Since then MarkMonitor’s domain policy team and our WHOIS data group have been working hard to advocate for the continued preservation of WHOIS registration data as well as to prepare its own database for compliance with the European regulation. These efforts will continue at their current fervor until the EU’s May 25th enforcement deadline approaches and likely, beyond. After participating in several ICANN cross-community multi-stakeholder group calls and face-to-face meetings to discuss the relative merits and shortcomings of the proposed models, on... Read More
Tags: gdpr, ICANN, whois

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