Learn about new challenges in enforcement of your intellectual property interests in a domain system deprived of public WHOIS information.
The European Union’s newest addition to the Data Protection Directive, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), coming into effect on May 25 2018, has altered the business world’s obligations in handling personal data and privacy practices surrounding this data. ICANN and its contracted parties are working on a permanent policy that addresses the internet community’s concerns around WHOIS while remaining compliant with GDPR. In the meantime, trademark owners and attorneys will need to adapt to a domain system without public WHOIS resources and understand how it will impact their ability to enforce and acquire domains.
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