The impact of GDPR on Whois
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in 2018 in Europe. It regulates the collecting and processing of personal data and includes rules in relation to Whois information.
Before the GDPR became enforceable, all data related to a domain name was listed on, and accessible through, Whois databases.
In Europe, the majority of Whois data has been rendered unavailable to the public, making your personal information private. However, the same cannot be said for the rest of the world.
How does Whois Privacy work?
How can your privacy be protected? Netim can make sure your personal information stays private in one of two ways:
1. We replace all your contact information (Owner, Admin, etc.).
Your information will no longer come up during a Whois lookup:
2. We enable domain privacy at the Registry level, as permitted by their own rules and regulations.
Depending on the Registry, all or only part of your contact information will be made private and the option might be unavailable to companies.
If your domain name is eligible for our Whois Privacy service, you can turn on and off privacy protection directly on your domain Control Panel.