Statton Hammock

Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development

Corporate domain name registrars: Superior protection against security threats

Corporate domain name registrars: Superior protection against security threats Popular retail domain registrars like GoDaddy, Network Solutions, and Register.com have each reported breaches of their domain name and hosting security systems. Domains names are perhaps the most important intellectual property asset that any online business owns. Companies simply cannot afford to have these assets vulnerable […]

Domain names: the often overlooked IP asset

Statton Hammock, V.P. Global Policy & Industry Development, MarkMonitor, discusses the value of domain names among other types of intellectual property assets. Last month I read an interesting article 1 about companies that own trademarks in a specific color (for example, think of the “Tiffany® blue” or “UPS® brown” or “Post-It Note® yellow”). The substance […]

The unexpected consequences of GDPR

According to the European Commission, “the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was put into place to ensure one set of data protection rules for all companies operating in the EU, wherever they are based.” The purpose of this important privacy regulation is to ensure that individuals, residing in EU member states, have more control over […]

GDPR and WHOIS: Adverse Impacts on Brand Protection

More than four months have passed since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became effective, resulting in many domain name registries and registrars moving to redact registrant information from their public WHOIS records (including information related to legal entities and persons not located in the European Economic Area; redactions that are beyond the scope of […]

Protecting your brand in a world with limited WHOIS data

GDPR has impacted all areas of business, but for brand protection professionals and those concerned with protecting intellectual property rights, the consequences have been tremendous. No longer able to view domain registrant contact information for IP enforcement efforts, law enforcement and brand protection professionals need to seek alternative methods for finding information necessary to identify […]

ICANN conversation moves from display to access

Is anyone else struggling to remember a time before the GDPR? It’s only been a few weeks since the regulation came into effect, but there have already been plenty of developments in the brand protection field – so much so that it’s hard to imagine a pre-GDPR era. Before the GDPR officially came into effect, […]

Six things you need to know post-GDPR

We all know by now that the enforcement of GDPR has caused complications in the brand protection sphere, the most notable of which being the demise of WHOIS. With most registrars redacting the registrant data, even if the registrant is not located in the EU or not a natural person, we are essentially facing a […]

Will WHOIS ever be the same, post-GDPR?

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in force, brand protection experts are having to familiarize themselves with the challenges this introduces relating to online brand protection. One of the most significant of these is the fate of WHOIS, the domain name lookup service. WHOIS was a vital tool for consumer and brand protection […]

The Next Top (Whois) Model?

In approximately four months, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become effective. This regulation, intended to harmonize data protection and privacy laws across Europe, will have a significant impact on the domain name industry, particularly with respect to the collection and display of registrant information referred to as WHOIS” data.  Currently domain name […]