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  • Amsterdam refuses to publish Whois records as GDPR row escalates

    … Two Dutch geo-gTLDs are refusing to provide public access to Whois records in what could be a sign of things to come for the whole industry under new European privacy law. Both .amsterdam and .frl appear to be automatically applying privacy to registrant data and say they will only provide full Whois access to vetted individuals such as law…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 11 readers -
  • Pilot program for Whois killer launches

    … ICANN is to oversee a set of pilot programs for RDAP, the protocol expected to eventually replace Whois. Registration Data Access Protocol, an IETF standard since 2015, fills the same function as Whois, but it is more structured and enables access control rules. ICANN said this week that it has launched the pilot in response to a request last…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 20 readers -
  • .sucks “gag order” dropped, approved

    … Vox Populi, the .sucks registry, has had controversial changes to its registrar contract approved after it softened language some had compared to a “gag order”. ICANN approved changes to the .suck Registry-Registrar Agreement last week, after receiving no further complaints from registrar stakeholders. Registrars had been upset by a proposed…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 10 readers -
  • Anger as ICANN splashes out $160,000 on travel

    … Constituency. MarkMonitor, a corporate registrar and Thomson Reuters subsidiary that attends the Intellectual Property Constituency, also appears. Despite $80,000 being a relatively piddling amount in terms of ICANN’s overall budget, members of the Contracted Parties House — registries and registrars — are not happy about this state of affairs as a matter…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 19 readers -
  • Registrars object to “unreasonable” .bank demands

    …. There’s also a worry about a proposed change that would make registrars police the .bank namespace. The new RRA says: “Registrar shall not enable, contribute to or willing aid any third party in violating Registry Operator’s standards, policies, procedures, or practices, and shall notify Registry Operator immediately upon becoming aware of any…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 11 readers -
  • .sucks sends in the lawyers in “gag order” fight

    … Vox Populi is taking ICANN to mediation over a row about what some of its registrars call a “gag order” against them. Its lawyers have sent ICANN a letter demanding mediation and claiming ICANN has breached the .sucks Registry Agreement. I believe it’s the first time a new gTLD registry has done such a thing. The clash concerns changes…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 10 readers -
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