Urgh. Another GDPR post I hear you cry?
Well this one is specifically about WHOIS information changes since GDPR came into force.
(Note: If you’re unsure what GDPR is then go here)
So in a nutshell, GDPR has been brought in to protect an individual’s right to data privacy. No longer can we be auto opted into newsletters and stuff. Sounds decent and for an individual, its a great move.
HOWEVER GDPR only applies to B2C – NOT B2B.
That means that if you sell to the public, then you need to adhere to GDPR. If you sell to other businesses then it doesn’t really change anything.
You can imagine my surprise when I did a whois lookup and saw this;
The Data Validation aspect of these reports is new, and its replaced the section that used to list our company details. Useful info if you are trying to find who owns a domain name.
But, it seems since GDPR NOminet have taken the decision to remove all registrant info from the whois – just in case! This was confirmed by a Nominet employee to me today;
So “just in case” someone registered a domain wrong, you removed this extremely important and useful piece of info from every UK Whois?
So now domain squatters are actually protected?
What do you think of this move from Nominet? Do you feel this gives squatters an advantage?