After twelve months of endless discussions and a looming deadline, ICANN received information from the Art 29 Working Party.
The EU Data Protection Authorities will not grant ICANN forbearance regarding the May 25th deadline when it comes to the WHOIS. Again the DPA’s re-confirmed their advise towards ICANN and does not deviate much from the advice they have provided ICANN since 2000.
The full press release from ICANN and the Article 29 WP letter can be read here.
Now that it is official there will be no forbearance regarding WHOIS, which was a silly request to begin with, …
There has been a considerable debate whatever ICANN will enforce the contractual agreement between registrars and registries to display personal data in the WHOIS.
Publication of personal data in the WHOIS is usually in conflict with many data protection laws around the world.
The EU GDPR and its substantial non-compliance fines seem to sway the discussion into a direction where ICANN needs to come up with solutions. And they did: ICANN published several models that propose to limit the publication of personal data in the WHOIS. The next step is that the ICANN community analyzes these models.
The models created …