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

Alan Brown Silver badge

Whois necessity

Whois was originally intended to ensure that entities holding domains were legally serviceable (as in being able to be hit with legal paperwork)

ICANN willingly facilitated the current mess where scammers get away with anything that destroyed the usefulness of Whois many years ago.

GDPR is one thing, but the simplest way of ensuring privacy in the face of no whois will simply be to start serving registrars with legal proceedings instead of domain holders if the ownership is obscured.

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