APWG & M3AAWG Survey on Whois Challenges in InfoSec

The APWG and M3AAWG recently conducted a survey among their members and the broader infosec community to get an understanding of how WHOIS changes had impacted security investigators. The survey results come from just over 300 participants’ responses.

Both organisations have formally written to ICANN and are asking that ICANN make several fundamental changes to the “temporary specification” introduced in May of this year.

The “asks” from both organisation are fairly predictable as many members of the information security community have been vocal about their usage of whois data. However how their asks meet the legal requirements of GDPR or ICANN’s own policy development processes isn’t very clear.

The results of the survey are below (PDF):

FINAL ICANN GDPR and WHOIS Users Survey 20181018

ICANN is meeting this week in Barcelona and the GDPR Whois debacle is one of the week’s hot topics.


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