Reply to post: Re: "The vast majority"...

Who had ICANN suing a German registrar over GDPR and Whois? Congrats, it's happening

Matthew Brasier

Re: "The vast majority"...

Its not really the collecting of the technical and admin contacts that is the issue, it is the publishing of them in the whois database. If they were collected by the registrar, and kept private by the registrar except in the case of a court order or other legal mechanism (as nominet is doing with addresses) there isn't an issue - the registrar has the data that it needs to perform its contract, and can provide that information where there is a legal basis to do so.

The issue is that while ICANN claims to operate in the interests of the domain registrars, its main objective here is to ensure that IP lawyers can continue to use the whois database to identify where domains may sound vaguely similar to a well-known brand, and then charge the well-known band thousands of pounds to hound the owner of the domain until they give it up.

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