Dutch Geographic TLDs Refuse Public Access to Whois Data

By CircleID Reporter

Organizations behind two of the new geographic top-level domains, .amsterdam and .frl, have refused to provide public access to information about the registrants of domain names, otherwise known as Whois records. Kevin Murphy reporting in Domain Incite: "Two Dutch geo-gTLDs are refusing to provide public access to Whois records in what could be a sign of things to come for the whole industry under new European privacy law. ... ICANN has evidently slapped a breach notice on both registries, which are now complaining that the Whois provisions in their Registry Agreements are 'null and void' under Dutch and European Union law."

Related topics: ICANN, Internet Governance, Policy & Regulation, Privacy, Registry Services, New TLDs, Whois