Nominet, the .uk registry, announced today a number of policy changes that impact how they handle whois data. The new policy comes after the registry conducted consultation with stakeholders. So what is changing? Essentially there are two key elements: Criteria and handling of "opt out" requests Introduction of whois privacy / proxy services Under the current … [Read more...] about Nominet Announces Whois Policy Changes
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
As of midnight Irish households will have to pay water charges. Every household in the country has been sent information about getting setup with the new water authority including getting an online account and paperless billing. They're using water.ie But they do not control water.ie - it's not registered to them and never has been. Irish Water is a subsidiary of Bord … [Read more...] about Irish Water Don’t Control Water.ie
Jean-Francois Baril was interviewed by Brad White earlier this week about the Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services's final report. The EWG, which was formed in early 2013 was tasked with reviewing the current whois system and to come up with an alternative. Jean-Francois explains what the report does, why it was done and also touches on some of the issues the … [Read more...] about Video: Jean-Francois Baril on EWG Final Report
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!