What Is GDPR?

GDPR stands for general data protection regulation, and this law applies to domains that are hosted in the European Union and European Economic Area. The law applies to all forms of commercial data, but it won’t change the way that personal data is handled. Here are some examples of personal data:

  • An individual’s name
  • Banking information
  • An individual’s email address
  • Photographs
  • An individual’s home address
  • Personal home and cell phone numbers

How Will The New Law Affect Businesses?

The Current Privacy Of Data On With Who Is:

Information about websites is visible to the public on a site called WhoIs. WhoIs provides information about the hosting provider of a website, contact information, where the website is hosted, the hosting provider, and the name of the website owner. The only time that this information is not publicly available is if the website owner gets domain privacy for the website. However, the WhoIs registry will show that the website owner has domain privacy.

There are currently two types of databases on WhoIs. If a large amount of information is listed, the database is a “thick” database. If the amount of information in the database is limited, it is a “thin” database.

How Will GDPR Affect How Data Is Processed?

As a result of GDPR, it won’t be possible for data to be processed unless a website owner gives their consent for the data to be processed or certain requirements are met. One of these requirements must be met for data to be processed without a website owner’s consent:

A third party or data controller has a legitimate reason to process the data. A public authority needs to access the data to perform their official duties. The data must be processed in order to comply with a data controller. It’s necessary to process the data because of a contract with the data subject. The data must be processed for a data subject who is in the process of agreeing to a contract with a data controller. Processing the data is necessary for vital interests of an individual.

How Will GDPR Change The WhoIs Database?

If these guidelines are not followed, there are significant sanctions that can be imposed. As a result of GDPR, the WhoIs database often won’t be able to process the data of European websites. However, if a website owner wants to have their website listed on WhoIs, they will be able to voluntarily give WhoIs the data. Furthermore, as a result of the new law, it’s likely that there will be many more “thin” databases than “thick” ones on WhoIs in the near future.

Will You Still Be Able To Download The WhoIs Database?

You will still be able to get a copy of the WhoIs database download.

Will WhoIs Migration Still Be Possible?

WhoIs migration will still be possible after the new law goes into effect.