EU privacy GDPR might restrict WHOIS information but Redl, U.S. lead, says it won't happen.
There will be strong debate at the 10 March Puerto Rico March ICANN meeting, as both practical people and the security apparatus work to keep some information about who owns what public. Most of the pornographers and drug salesman already are anonymous, through a paid service offered by the registry folks. The new EU privacy rules may extend that to everyone, a further annoyance. (Note - almost all the reporting on this ignores that most of the miscreants already are protected.)
David Redl, the NTIA head who leads the U.S. efforts, says "the WHOIS service can, and should, retain its essential character while complying with national privacy laws, including the GDPR. ... The U.S. government expects this information to continue to be made easily available through the WHOIS service." My initial impression was that Redl support was wide, but an informed observer's note suggests privacy has support as well.Add a comment