10 November 2017
Reporter: Jenna Lomax

Registrars must make “difficult choices” when it comes to GDPR

Registrars and registries will have to make a “difficult choice” between the new provisions established by the 2013 Registration Data Directory Service (RDDS), proposed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) or the 2016 EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to Nathalie Dreyfus, founder of Dreyfus and associés.

WHOIS databases, which allow a third party to determine the owner of a domain name, are undergoing changes due to these two major regulations.

Because there are some discrepancies between the RDDS, the GDPR and the WHOIS database, it could deeply alter the way registries and registrars operate.

Though, the RDDS has given a little leeway and imposed a transition period for WHOIS databases, there are still issues.

Dreyfus commented: “For the good of both registries and registrars, consensus needs to be found among European governments and ICANN … ideally, registrars and registries should be able to comply with both regulations.”

But as a choice between the two has to be made, Dreyfus said: “Some registrars and registries think that a breach of the RDDS is preferable than one of the GDPR because the fines are extremely expensive.”

Dreyfus explained that because these implementations on GDPR databases are moving alongside each other at the same time, WHOIS is undergoing significant challenges.

She concluded: “A solution should be found before the deadlines to implement both regulations. Otherwise, registrars and registries will encounter difficulties to comply with both.”

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