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ICAAN’s latest proposal for the Whois service rejected by Europe

ICAAN’s latest proposal for the Whois service rejected by Europe

European data regulators have torn up the latest proposal by internet overseer ICANN over its Whois data service, sending the organisation back to the drawing board for a third time, notes the Register. “In a letter to ICANN, the chair of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) makes it plain that even the organisation's interim plan is fundamentally flawed. Despite existing solely to develop rules for the internet’s underlying infrastructure and possessing a $100m annual budget, ICANN has put itself in the position where it has effectively outsourced decisions over the critical Whois service to a group of bureaucrats in Brussels. And on several critical issues, the data bureaucrats have gone directly against the stated positions of both ICANN and its most influential members, including its business constituency, intellectual property constituency, as well as external members including the US government and International Trademark Association (INTA).” The EDPB undercuts ICANN’s legal appeal to a ruling it lost last month in German court, stating clearly that it cannot force people to provide additional “admin” and “technical” contacts for a given domain name – something some were hoping would act as an effective workaround to the privacy law. “In addition, the EDPB shot down ICANN’s argument that different rules apply when a domain name is registered by an individual or a legal entity like a corporation. Not so, said the EDPB, stating that if a personal email address is given for a corporate website it still falls under the GDPR privacy legislation.”

  • Monday, 23 July 2018

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