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Nominet drains mug of tea, leans back, calmly explains how to make Whois GDPR-compliant

The operator of the .uk domain-name registry has outlined the changes it plans to make to its Whois domain registration system to bring it in line with incoming European privacy legislation. Nominet ran a short one-month public comment period asking for feedback on a range of proposed changes to its current system and …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 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

Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

The Whois public database of domain name registration details is dead. In a letter [PDF] sent this week to DNS overseer ICANN, Europe's data protection authorities have effectively killed off the current service, noting that it breaks the law and so will be illegal come 25 May, when GDPR comes into force. The letter also has …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Apr 2018

Hey, so Europe's GDPR privacy deadline for Whois? We're going to miss it ... by a year or so

The internet's domain name system is going to miss a May 25 deadline to become compliant with new European privacy legislation by, um, a year or so. That's according to the companies that register and maintain domain names, who outlined their schedule in a letter [PDF] to DNS oversight body ICANN. The organizations, which are …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Apr 2018

Whois? More like WHOWAS: Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy

An effort to resolve conflicts between upcoming European privacy legislation and the global Whois service for domain names has, predictably, failed, raising fears that cybercriminals will take advantage of the impasse. At the end of a week of meetings hosted by domain-name overseer ICANN, the US-based organization's proposed …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Mar 2018

Uncle Sam slams plans to give govts final say over domain privacy

A plan by ICANN to let governments collectively decide who is allowed to bypass new European privacy rules over domain names has been blasted by its most powerful member, the United States. At a meeting of DNS oversight organization ICANN, the US government representative told colleagues from across the globe his country didn' …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Mar 2018
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Knock, knock. Whois there? Get ready for anonymized email addresses after domain privacy shake-up

You may no longer be able to see the name, email or house address for whoever owns a specific domain name under new rules proposed by DNS overseer ICANN. Such details will be removed from the Whois service that covers hundreds of millions of domain names across the world in order to comply with new European privacy legislation …
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As GDPR draws close, ICANN suggests 12 conflicting ways to cure domain privacy pains

Incoming European privacy laws which carry a global impact for anyone doing business in the Union are continuing to cause an epic policy meltdown at internet overseer ICANN. This week the European Commission responded [PDF] to the US-based organization's latest efforts to resolve a stark conflict between the domain name system …

ICANN gives domain souks permission to tell it the answer to Whois privacy law debacle

Internet overlord ICANN has hit on an ingenious solution to the impending collision of the domain name system's Whois service and incoming European privacy legislation: let everyone else figure it out. Following a week of testy meetings in which domain registries and registrars complained they face business-destroying fines if …

Whois? No, Whowas: Incoming Euro privacy rules torpedo domain registration system

Analysis The internet policy world is scrambling as one of the most critical and fiercely contested aspects of the global domain name system – its registration system – has started to fall apart. The Whois system, which publicly publishes the name, address, email and telephone number of every domain name registrant, has been a bone of …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Oct 2017

Pirate Bay domain suspended thanks to controversial verification system

The Pirate Bay's .org addresses have been suspended as part of a controversial verification process run by domain name overseer ICANN. Visitors to "" are greeted with the message: "This domain name has been suspended. This domain name is pending ICANN verification and has been suspended. If you are the owner of …
Shouting match

The internet's Middle East problem: Who is going to do something about Whois?

The issue of what to do about Whois – the registration data for domain names – has reared its ugly head yet again, as it has over and over for the past 15 years. In the latest twist, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has sent a terse note to domain overseer ICANN over its latest effort to review the Whois service and …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Sep 2015

ICANN chairman loses mind over his domain-name privacy shakeup

The chairman of ICANN has been recorded ranting about domain-name privacy: the DNS overlord wants owners of "commercial" websites to reveal their personal details in the WHOIS database. Steve Crocker appeared on a webinar last week with a working group looking at how to improve ICANN's accountability before it is handed …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Aug 2015

Privacy advocates descend on proposed domain name change

A proposal to force domain name owners to reveals their true identity and address if their website is deemed "commercial" has set off a privacy storm. Under the proposal put forward by domain name overseer ICANN, any "registrants of websites engaged in active commerce" would not be entitled to use proxy services, which replace …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jun 2015
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Google tells world where Apps users live after WHOIS SNAFU

Names, home and email addresses, and phone numbers for a whopping 282,867 Google Apps domains have been exposed through previously borked private WHOIS records, Cisco boffins say. The research is the work of Nick Biasini, Alex Chiu, Jaeson Schultz, Craig Williams and William McVey of Cisco's Talos team who today published an …
Darren Pauli, 13 Mar 2015

Google's whois results say it's a lousy smut searcher

Naughty domain owners are still playing nasty tricks on the whois domain lookup service to tease the likes of Google and Microsoft. Microsoft's had trouble with this stuff for years, and a whois search on still produces results like: MICROSOFT.COM.IS.NICE.WHEN.TOASTED.COMKAL.NET; MICROSOFT.COM.SHOULD.INSTALL- …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2014
The Register breaking news

ICANN puts Whois on end-of-life list

ICANN is proposing a goodbye to Whois, saying that data is often inaccurate and suggesting that some search fields should be restricted to “authenticated requestors”. Its discussion paper, here, says Whois is “broken”. The paper seems to suggest that one of the things that's “broken” the Whois system is the proliferation of …
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Mickey Mouse Whois ban threat sparks privacy fears

The days of pretending to be Mickey Mouse or Daffy Duck when you register a domain name could be numbered, following demands placed on ICANN by law enforcement agencies and governments. ICANN is currently locked in contract talks with its accredited domain name registrars, and expects they will agree to make the verification …
Kevin Murphy, 30 Jan 2012

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