31 May WHOIS Forced to Strip Out Information to Comply with GDPR
A request by the ICANN, the owner of WHOIS, for a delay to comply with the GDPR had reportedly been turned down this week. The site was forced to remove information such as contact names, email addresses, and phone numbers that journalists and police often use to quick checks into the legitimacy of websites.
Lawyers Brian Finch and Steven Farmer say that this will only make it harder for authorities to catch hackers, as the police will be deprived of ready access to vital data that can be used to identify and shut down illicit activity.
Farmer added that since the consequences of getting it wrong are severe, companies have become extremely conservative in interpreting the law.