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EPDP update: tentative policy at a crossroads

ICANN’s Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) recently reached a milestone in its work to address the problem of how to access domain name registration data (formerly known as WHOIS) in a way that complies with privacy laws, including Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The EPDP Phase 2 Final Report contains 22 “policy recommendations,” which, […]

The adaptable TLD industry: 2020 at the halfway point

In 2020, the terms ‘COVID-19’ and ‘coronavirus’ have become important parts of our day-to-day vocabulary. Like in many other industries, the domain industry has seen effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. In our Q2 2020: New gTLD Quarterly Report, the domain experts behind MarkMonitor™ share recent findings and analysis of said trends. Please complete the form […]

With Q1 in the books, the only constant in the domain industry is change

As the first quarter of 2020 ended, the number of new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) domain registrations reached approximately 33.2 million. We expect to see additional growth through 2020 as TLDs such as .GAY will complete their launches before the end of the year. Meetings and conferences in the domain industry in 2020 are […]

2019: a year of innovation for New gTLDs

It has been a year of change for the domain industry, with products and services within the New generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) space continuing to expand in both breadth and complexity. We have seen developments in the launches of TLDs (such as .SPORT in January and .NEW in October), new blocking products including AdultBlock […]

The next generation of WHOIS is born

Today marks a milestone in the decades-long effort to improve how domain name ownership data is structured and processed. Replacing traditional Port 43 WHOIS, the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) is the new mechanism by which domain name ownership information will be shown going forward. Where did this come from? Domain name registration data, commonly […]

GDPR, WHOIS and impacts to brand protection: Nine months later

Last October, we posted an article describing the impacts of redacted registration data (WHOIS”) on its domain name protection anti-counterfeit anti-piracy and anti-fraud services. As explained in that post MarkMonitor uses WHOIS data for several legitimate purposes including investigating infringing domain names identifying the source of phishing attacks and issuing cease & desist letters to […]

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 […]

New gTLD winds of change continue to shift

Gaining access to information on the ever-changing new gTLD ecosystem remains paramount to domain registration strategies and to maintaining a successful domain portfolio. To date, more than 1,200 new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), have been delegated, including: Geographic terms (.NYC, .LONDON, .OSAKA) Generics (.FILM, .FASHION, .SPORT) Brands (called ‘dotbrands’ and applied for in a […]

ICANN63 Barcelona: Updates from the 20th AGM

The MarkMonitor team is pleased to provide updates from the recent ICANN meeting in Barcelona, Spain. This meeting marked the 20-year anniversary of ICANN’s existence and was ICANN’s 20th Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM format consists of seven days of sessions and includes two open community sessions, during which the ICANN board makes itself […]

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 […]