Is WHOIS going to go away?

DaKnOb daknob.mac at gmail.com
Sat Apr 14 17:24:05 UTC 2018


As far as IP Addresses go (and domains too), currently GDPR recognizes the rights of individuals, not companies, which means that a company can be in the whois query, since it does not have the right to privacy.

My understanding is that this will only affect natural persons. 

> On 14 Apr 2018, at 20:19, Matt Harris <matt at netfire.net> wrote:
> 
>> On Sat, Apr 14, 2018 at 12:14 PM, Rich Kulawiec <rsk at gsp.org> wrote:
>> 
>> The only people served by restriction on WHOIS availability are abusers
>> and attackers, and the entities (e.g., registrars) who profit from them.
>> 
> 
> Not that whois data for domain names has been particularly useful for the
> past decade anyhow since most TLDs and registrars either provide for free,
> or sell as an addon, "private" registration via some "proxy corporation" or
> whatever.  Domain name whois for most TLDs has not been the sort of
> accountability measure that ICANN seems to think it is for a very long
> time, at least in practice.
> 
> I'd be much more concerned about RIPE's whois data for AS and IP address


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