14 Mar '18, 3pm

Domain investors risk being left out of Whois discussion

Buying and selling domain names might be much harder this year. Major changes are coming to Whois and domain name investors might end up holding the short end of the stick. The impetus for change came not from the community, but from the European Union and its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). ICANN only belatedly started to address the real challenges of this law that will fine companies for disclosing personal information (among many other possible infractions). The law only applies to European residents’ personal data. But changes to Whois will likely be enacted across the board rather than with precision. (For background, read this story and listen to this podcast .) As of right now, it seems that the likely model will be to obscure all Whois data across the globe, not just for individuals in the EU. There will be some sort of gating in which people can reques...

Full article: https://domainnamewire.com/2018/03/14/domain-investors-ri...

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