Its board of directors Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) reportedly running and not reaching. In the days leading up to the implementation of the GDPR he will have to find a way to convert the WHOIS tool, the main database that lists who owns the domain names, to comply with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation.
ICANN had asked for a year of grace to deal with the problems in the WHOIS data collection, but apparently did not succeed.
If there is no moratorium, we will no longer be able to WH maintain WHOIS. Without resolving these issues, the WHOIS system will be fragmented… A fragmented WHOIS will no longer be able to use a common framework for general top-level domain registration (gTLD) services.
This is bad…
Domain registration companies will be responsible and will have penalties from GDPR up to 20 million euros or 4% of the annual turnover, which can exceed 20 million. them - whichever is larger. Another bad side effect for domain registration companies is that many of them now charge extra to keep domain owners' information private. However, with the implementation of the GDPR for the protection of privacy, there will be no need for this service.
The GDPR will treat WHOIS as another set of data and not as an integral part of how the internet works, which is incredibly short-sighted.
Intelligence expert Angela Gunn says: "Security researchers, researchers, webmasters, and ordinary people alike will pay dearly for hiding.
Or, as Cherine Chalaby, Chairman of the Board of ICANN, stated, “WHOIS is an important system and its maintenance allows us to have a key tool in the ongoing fight against cybercrime against malicious agents. The proposed model aims to prevent the fragmentation of WHOIS and to ensure that WHOIS will continue to be available. ICANN's role in providing technical coordination to the global WHOIS is a unique issue of a public interest nature. "
So what is the problem? Site registrars are still collecting new registration data as they always have. The data includes registration information, contact details of the domain owner and the teams / manager of technical support. Most personal data will not be publicly available and if one needs it, one will be able to access it through the providers. This can be done through an anonymous online form.
This creates a very serious issue. Domain registrants are required to publish the data in the WHOIS database of the global ICANN authority, which is in conflict with the requirements of the upcoming GDPR.
ICANN could not find a way to provide "reasonable access" to this data to third parties with "legitimate interests".
So there seem to be a lot of questions left, while the clock is still ticking. Whether or not ICANN is ready, the GDPR will take effect on May 25, 2018.