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Europe's GDPR, Whois shakeup was supposed to trigger spam tsunami – so, er, where is it?

Updated When new European privacy legislation forced internet registries and registrars to withhold the ownership details of internet domain names, a number of groups – including intellectual property lawyers and cybercrime experts – warned it would result in a jump in spam and online fraud. "A lot of people who are using this data …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Aug 2018
wall punch

Internet overseer continues wall-punching legal campaign

The organization that oversees the internet's naming and numbering systems is continuing its embarrassing European legal campaign, insisting for a third time that the German courts have got it wrong. On Friday, ICANN appealed [PDF] the latest court decision against it, this time insisting that the Appellate Court of Cologne, …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Aug 2018

Internet overseer ICANN loses a THIRD time in Whois GDPR legal war

The internet's domain names overlord has failed in a third attempt to keep to the wheels from falling off its Whois service in Europe, raising questions over its competence. US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was slammed by the Appellate Court of Cologne, Germany, for not having "sufficiently …
us flags

The internet's very own Muslim ban continues: DNS overlord insists it can freeze dot-words

Internet overseer ICANN has insisted it has the authority to maintain a six-year online Muslim ban, despite being told otherwise by its own independent oversight panel. In a letter sent to the Turkish organization that applied for the rights to operate the .islam and .halal generic top-level domain names back in 2012, ICANN's …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Jul 2018
throw paper

ICANN't get no respect: Europe throws Whois privacy plan in the trash

European data regulators have torn up the latest proposal by internet overseer ICANN over its Whois data service, sending the hapless organization back to the drawing board for a third time. In a letter [PDF] to the US-based internet's naming and addressing systems, the chair of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) makes …
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DNS ad-hocracy in peril as ICANN advisors mull root server shakeup

Internet overseer ICANN is considering a self-managed governance model for the world's Domain Name System root servers – and one of the outcomes could be a reduction in the number of root servers. Today, 12 companies operate the 13 DNS root servers that are used by browsers and other software to ultimately translate domain …

Dot-Africa saga going to jury trial... thousands of miles away in America

The long-running saga over ownership of the .Africa top-level domain name will go to a jury trial… in California. Following two years of failed settlement talks, in August this year a dozen Americans based in Los Angeles will get to decide the future of the continent's online namesake. At stake is not just ownership of the . …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jun 2018

ICANN pays to push Whois case to European Court of Justice

Domain-name system overseer ICANN will spend millions of dollars arguing its GDPR case to the European Court of Justice rather than resolve its own internal disagreements. The California-based non-profit said this week it would appeal a decision against it in German court but also, bizarrely, announced that it would also …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jun 2018
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Men are officially the worst… top-level domain

The internet has a case of .men behaving badly, based on new data from international watchdog Spamhaus. In a listing of the top ten worst top-level domains compiled by Spamhaus, .men has come top, followed somewhat bizarrely by .GQ, which is the country code for Equatorial Guinea but also happens to be the name of a famous men …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jun 2018

US govt mulls snatching back full control of the internet's domain name and IP address admin

The US government has formally asked whether it should reassert its control of the internet's administrative functions, effectively reversing a handover to non-profit organization ICANN two years ago. "Should the IANA Stewardship Transition be unwound? If yes, why and how? If not, why not?" reads one of 23 questions that the …
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Whois? Whowas. So what's next for ICANN and its vast database of domain-name owners?

Special report DNS overseer ICANN has tried to put a brave face on it but even for an organization with a self-importance that often leads it down a path to delusion, being told that your most important contract is effectively unenforceable has to sting. This week, a German court in Bonn informed the organization, which oversees the naming …

German court snubs ICANN's bid to compel registrar to slurp up data

Global domain name system overlord ICANN’s latest attempt to deal with compliance with European data protection law has been dealt a blow after a German court rejected its request to force a registrar to keep gathering people’s information. The DNS overseer filed a lawsuit in Bonn against German domain registrar EPGA on Friday …
Rebecca Hill, 31 May 2018
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Who had ICANN suing a German registrar over GDPR and Whois? Congrats, it's happening

A fight over private information and the internet's domain name system is heading to a German court, in a proxy battle between European legislators and American intellectual property lawyers. On Friday – the same day that new European GDPR privacy legislation took effect – DNS overseer and US corporation ICANN filed a lawsuit …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 May 2018

Domain name sellers rub ICANN's face in sticky mess of Europe's GDPR

Internet domain-name sellers have turned the tables on global DNS overseer ICANN by using its own tactics against the hapless organization. In a letter [PDF] to the California-based organization sent the day before it finally approved a "temporary" policy for the Whois service to bring it into compliance with new European …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 May 2018

Whois privacy shambles becomes last-minute mad data scramble

Thousands of internet registries and registrars will have just one week to overhaul their customer databases to fit with a policy that is still under development, or face ruinous fines. That is the end result of an extraordinary failure by the organization that oversees the internet's domain name system to address a change in …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 May 2018
tired businessman

Europe fires back at ICANN's delusional plan to overhaul Whois for GDPR by next, er, year

Special report On March 26 – two months before new privacy protections come into effect in Europe – Goran Marby, CEO of DNS overlord ICANN, sent a letter [PDF] to each of Europe's 28 data protection authorities (DPAs) asking them to hold off punishing it over Whois. Whois is a set of databases of domain-name owners, overseen by ICANN, and it …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Apr 2018
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ICANN takes Whois begging bowl to Europe, comes back empty

ICANN has been told for a second time that it must fundamentally change its Whois service to become compliant with Europe's incoming privacy law – and do so within the next month. At a meeting in Brussels this week with the European Union's data protection authorities (DPAs), the US-based DNS overseer had hoped to persuade …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Apr 2018
Uncle Sam

US government weighs in on GDPR-Whois debacle, orders ICANN to go probe GoDaddy

The US government has waded into the omni-shambles that is the internet infrastructure industry's failed effort to comply with European privacy laws. Having tried to use its behind-the-scenes influence at a recent meeting of DNS overseer ICANN to drive decisions, the Department of Commerce's frustration had led to it going …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Apr 2018

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