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

Alan Brown Silver badge

Re: Turn off WHOIS

> For address it says "The registrant is a non-trading individual who has opted to have their address omitted from the WHOIS service."

There are any number of scam domains/commercially active domains which have this in place too. I've been filing complaints with nominet about such things since around 2002-2003 when I first ran across them. (it takes all of 30 seconds to file a complaint by email).

Invariably the scammy ones switch to a Mailboxes ETC address in the 14 days that Nominet give them to sort their shit out, which actually makes them even easier to track down, as MBE(*) franchise owners hand over _everything_ when served with a summons as the purported operator of the mailbox rather than become the target of a prosecution. It gets a little more complex in a criminal case, but in those, providing a heads-up to the boxholder would result in "attempting to pervert the course of justice" charge being added, so they're generally extremely cooperative when the police get involved.

(Moral, hiding behind an anonymisation service draws attention and lowers protection levels)

(*) There are other mailboxes services. They all roll over and play dead when the law gets involved. Their business model is frequently on the edges of legality and they can't afford to be shut down or have their customers investigated in depth.

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