9th of March, 2018
In a statement released on the 28th of February, DENIC, the registry of the German extension .de announced that it will modify its WHOIS system by significantly reducing the data available following the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union (GDPR) on the 25th of May.
Starting in May, the domain name holder's personal data will no longer be available on the WHOIS. DENIC will only provide this data in the case of a "legitimate" request. In addition, two email addresses related to the domain name will be visible in the WHOIS, but it will only display generic addresses of the registrar and not those of the registrant. In addition, domain admin and tech data will no longer be published in the WHOIS. Data relating to DNS servers will still be displayed in the WHOIS for obvious technical reasons.
DENIC also communicated that the holder's communication system of details following a legitimate request will be subject to further analysis in order to meet the "specific needs" of the users.
In the coming days, similar news from other EU registries will be expected before the entry into force of the GDPR in May. It will as well be interesting to see what is the position of ICANN regarding generic extensions. IP Twins will of course update you regularly on this topic.