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July 08, 2019

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ICA/WIPO Public Webinar Wednesday to Address WhoIs Chaos Created By GDPR 

Everyone involved in the domain business knows how difficult it has become to get accurate domain ownership information with the advent of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In many cases, the new privacy initiative has resulted in a domain owner's contact information being completely hidden, creating problems for registry operators, registrants, investors, attorneys, journalists and researchers among others.


With everyone looking for answers the Internet Commerce Association will be hosting a public webcast Wednesday, July 10 starting at 1pm U.S. Eastern Time that will feature Michael Palage and Frank Cona, who have developed  the WIPO Model for post-GDPR access to non-public Whois data. Michael and Frank will make a presentation and also answer questions any questions you may have. Registration is now open here.

Michael and Frank presented their model at ICANN65 in Marrakesh, and the open webinar will provide an opportunity to learn more about it. The presentation of the model is expected to be about 30 minutes long, followed by a Q&A and comments session. 

You will be able to find out if the WIPO Universal Access Model potentially provides WhoIs access:

  • To secondary marketplaces and escrow services for verification and compliance?

  • To brokers, agents, journalists, and researchers for due diligence, investigation, and acquisition purposes?

  • To IP, domain name, and business lawyers for domain name disputes and transactions; and 

  • Are there benefits for registrant identification purposes, domain name portfolio management, and accessing registrar services?

(Posted July 8, 2019)  

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