Bottom line : Nobody knows WTF is #GDPR all about

When GDPR takes effect on May 25th, the European bureaucrats that glued together this abomination are expected to get a stiffie. A Euro lawyer’s wet dream, the General Data Protection Regulation is supposedly a method to ensure that personal information remains private, and under the control of the person it’s collected from. And yet, the […]

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#CentralNic publishes white paper on upcoming changes due to #GDPR

CentralNic has published a detailed white paper on upcoming changes, all thanks to the GDPR. The British company manages several distinct TLDs and ccTLDs, including .LA, along with new gTLDs such as .ART and .XYZ. The white paper shares those changes that will define the information publicly shared via the WHOIS for the TLDs managed […]

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Ano Nymous : French #WHOIS shows future of #domain data under #GDPR

GDPR, the nightmarish law that’s reaching well beyond Europe’s borders, is arriving on May 25th. The European Union bureaucrats that voted into law a group of loosely connected “rights” to privacy, must be getting a boner. Among the victims of GDPR is the WHOIS, a public information ledger about domain name ownership. The removal of […]

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#Domainers arrested at #Starbucks for wi-fi abuse over #WHOIS

Two domain investors were arrested at a Miami Starbucks over the weekend, after they allegedly abused the cafe’s wi-fi. Bob and Jack Arkautras, twin brothers from Lithuania, sat at the Starbucks for seventeen hours on Friday, and another fourteen on Saturday, using its wireless Internet resources at full peak. “Those gentlemen were clearly abusing our […]

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The #domain that led to the Golden State killer’s capture is revealed

A serial killer that terrorized Sacramento for decades has been captured by the FBI, and hopefully justice will be served. The method used by the authorities to capture suspect Joseph James DeAngelo is remarkable: by running a WHOIS on the domain name, IAmTheGoldenStateKiller.com. In an era that data privacy is lacking, GDPR is arriving to […]

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#MarkMonitor : NYC Summit video on #GDPR and #WHOIS issues

Statton Hammock, Brand Protection & Internet Policy Expert for MarkMonitor, gave a presentation during the MMNYC Summit yesterday. The subject of the presentation, that was streamed live on the Internet, was about the impact of GDPR on WHOIS and IP enforcement. Unfortunately, the audio quality suffered, and prevented many on the Internet from listening in. […]

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#GoDaddy and WHOIS : Unilateral decision affects #DomainTools data

The unilateral decision by GoDaddy to disable port 43 WHOIS lookups, has been affecting DomainTools and its professional services. GoDaddy stated it’s a much-needed line of defense against “unscrupulous spammers,” but it seems they are throwing out the baby with the bathwater in this case. This isn’t a prelude of GDPR, that seeks to address […]

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#GDPR and #cPanel : It’s not just about #domains and #WHOIS

If you thought that the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is only about domain names and WHOIS, you are sorely mistaken. The European regulation on privacy matters is affecting a multiverse of technical services that utilize and store private information on their servers and systems in the cloud. To be GDPR compliant, companies such […]

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#Domain legislation ante portas : #WHOIS going dark would be a mistake

European regulations about data privacy, are about to break one of the oldest status quo instances on the Internet: the domain WHOIS. Turning WHOIS into a dark book of redacted information would be a mistake. Several companies, such as Facebook, Microsoft and Time Warner, sent a letter to ICANN, urging the multinational organization to “immediately […]

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#WHOIS wars : Withheld by #GoDaddy is a new #DomainTools warning tag

The war of WHOIS information is escalating, and DomainTools is on the offensive. GoDaddy is now keeping part of the publicly available WHOIS information private, for domains that are queried via third party tools. At first, we thought that DomainTools had a special agreement with the largest domain registrar in the world, to display the […]

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#NORDU .net : Oldest #domain is 12071 days old per #DomainTools

NORDU.net, the oldest domain name with a registration date of January 1, 1985 is now 33 years old. But wait, isn’t Symbolics.com the oldest domain, you might say. Not so fast, domain ranger. While Symbolics.com is indeed the oldest registered domain name, and the oldest .com, it’s not the oldest. On the other hand, NORDU.net, […]

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#DomainTools in agreement with #GoDaddy over stunted #WHOIS ?

GoDaddy is going forward with a scandalous decision to filter WHOIS output from port 43 and third party tool queries, on January 25th. WHOIS output on the GoDaddy web site will be supported using a captcha as an anti-spam protection mechanism; in an email, GoDaddy claimed that the draconian measure will help limit spammer’s access […]

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