Whois-Privacy Reform Hits its First Milestone

On the day before the American Thanksgiving holiday, ICANN released the initial report of the policy development process that is trying to reform Whois. Jokes about turkeys were probably inevitable, but to the EPDP members who have spent months of practically non-stop work on it (including two IGP partners), that sign of progress was something to...

Special interests push U.S. Congress to override ICANN’s Whois policy process

Ever since ICANN’s creation, there has been a clash between the protection of personal data and its contractually-required Whois service. Under ICANN contracts, registrars were required to publish sensitive information about domain name registrants. The email addresses, names and other contact information of domain holders was available to anyone in...

The Injunction: ICANN’s lame attempt to turn DNS into a Trademark Registry

The collision between ICANN’s Whois regime and the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took a decisive turn May 25, 2018, when ICANN filed injunction proceedings against EPAG, a German registrar affiliated with Tucows. EPAG had notified ICANN that as of May 25 it would no longer collect administrative and technical...

WHOIS afraid of the dark? Truth or illusion, let’s know the difference when it comes to WHOIS

“Martha: Truth or illusion, George; you don't know the difference. George: No, but we must carry on as though we did. Martha: Amen.” Edward Albee, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?   Since February, the prominent security reporter Brian Krebs has been writing on his widely-read blog, Krebs on Security, that...