ICANN has written to the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) to see if a "Universal Access Model" for domain name registration data is possible under GDPR. The letter, which was sent on Friday, also includes two other documents: Exploring a Unified Access Model for gTLD Registration DataTSG01: Technical Model for Access to NonPublic Registration Data In a blog post … [Read more...] about ICANN Asks European Data Protection Board if Universal Access Model Viable
If the UK proceeds with a "no deal" Brexit, or any kind of Brexit at the end of March data transfers to the UK from EU countries will become much more complicated. At present all members of the EU are covered by the same laws (more or less) so transferring data around with the EU's boundaries isn't a problem. After Brexit the UK will be considered a "3rd country" and if you … [Read more...] about Data Transfers Post-Brexit Are Going to get Complicated
Nominet, the registry for .uk, is conducting a consultation on how it will handle whois data once GDPR comes into force. It's worth noted that the consultation is only related to the *.uk namespace and is not about any of the gTLD registries on the Nominet platform. While that is the main focus of the current consultation they're also using it as an opportunity to make a few … [Read more...] about Nominet GDPR Consultation Closes Tomorrow
Earlier today ICANN held a webinar to provide an update on their data privacy activities in relation to whois and GDPR. Rather than simply talking about the various "models" they produced both a visual mapping as well as a matrix. While some attendees may not agree with how all the models are classified it is still a helpful way of showing the deviations from the current … [Read more...] about ICANN Maps Whois Models For GDPR
Encryption is key to commerce online. Anything that weakens it is a threat to the digital economy, so the FBI vs Apple case is something that a lot of people are watching very closely. I posted about the case on my company's blog the other day and the case and its implications have been covered widely in the media. The most recent development is that Apple has filed … [Read more...] about FBI vs Apple: A Bit Of Light Reading
ICANN comment periods on policy proposals don't normally garner much attention. In the case of the current comment period on proxy / privacy services, however, things are very different. To date several thousand comments have been filed, while the topic of the policy proposals has received media attention across hundreds of outlets. Today, however, I noticed some people … [Read more...] about .WTF Domain Being Used In Privacy Campaign
ICANN has opened a comment period in relation to whois conflicts with local law / data privacy law. Of course anytime ICANN, or anyone else, tries to make any changes to whois policy there are issues. Whois is, for a variety of reasons, an emotive subject. One of the areas that Article 29, several registries located in the EU and a number of registrars (including … [Read more...] about Help ICANN Fix Whois Conflicts With Data Privacy Law!
ICANN has been sent another letter by the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party. However it still isn't on ICANN's correspondence page - I found it on the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party's site. The letter, which was signed by all 28 members and represents the legal position of all 28 member states of the European Union, is diplomatic, but pretty clear. Short … [Read more...] about Art. 29 Data Protection Working Party To ICANN – Maybe You’re Hard Of Hearing?
The 2013 RAA was approved by ICANN's board of directors less than a week ago. The new contract introduces a number of new obligations on ICANN accredited registrars, among them are several related to data validation, verification and retention. The Article 29 Working Party, however, has written to ICANN and made it very clear that it views these requirements to be … [Read more...] about Article 29 Working Party To ICANN – EU Registrars Exempt From Data Retention Requirements