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With GDPR, Do We Need to Continue to Pay For Domain Privacy

     
4:11 pm on Nov 14, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Now that GDPR has had its impact on redacting domain registrant details, do we really need to continue to pay for domain privacy?

I woudln't have thought so.

Also, when ICANN sends those WHOIS data confirmation e-mails, they are redundant, too, because GDPR means the details are redacted.
5:16 pm on Nov 14, 2018 (gmt 0)

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To the best of my understanding the answer is "No" . . unless your registrar refuses to comply with the GDPR.

Concealing once public WhoIs data is an interesting (read: money saving) side-effect of GDPR. Interestingly, my registrar provided a utility for an interested party to send an email inquiry to me . . without exposing my details.

The underlying assumption is that GDPR compliance (= privacy) will persist and not suddenly undone by court ruling (about WhoIs data), regulatory change, screw up somewhere, existing (old) databases suddenly being unleashed, etc.

<Wild Imagination>
Maybe someone will step up and offer WhoIs privacy "insurance" ~~ you don't pay for privacy but the service monitors for changes in rules or practices and, should there be a change -> WHAM! . . the "insurer" swoops in and covers the cost of re-privatization while you were sleeping. Of course, this somewhat ridiculous scenario assumes that the insurers bots will be faster than the WhoIs scraper bots . . .
</Wild Imagination>
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A question that's crossed my mind too, as I have some domains up for renewal.

Concealing once public WhoIs data is an interesting (read: money saving) side-effect of GDPR. Interestingly, my registrar provided a utility for an interested party to send an email inquiry to me . . without exposing my details.

In part, my private registration has been to serve as a spam filter and privacy wall for otherwise inevitable types of nuisance email. This utility, while it maintains certain kinds of insulation, still raises some questions.

- is the utility itself GDPR compiant?
- though it may keeps your location and phone details private, it might still expose you to email spam, depending on the setup and permissions... as well as the price and who pays to allow circumvention
- if it's cheap enough and any sender can legally use it, it might not reduce the expected volume of spam at all, as spam would continue to be economically feasible

So, to dig further... what's the background and business model on the utility?

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I have stopped using Whois Privacy since GDPR.
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My recent domain purchases included domain privacy for free as an "offer" I guess this is marketing speak for we need to retain your privacy but we will make you think we are doing it for you.

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Just went through some renewals ... my registar said, UP FRONT, "privacy is included, courtesy of GDPR". Whew!
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I've checked with Webwork, the mod of this forum, to see if it would be OK to name the registrars who include free domain privacy these days... and he's fine with it, so please add that to your comments.

As I look at Moniker's Domain Name Privacy page, they proclaim: "Keep your contact information private without any additional costs"... though they don't mention GDPR as the reason why.

Gandi makes is clear that their free registration is on by default, and mentions it's part of adjusting to GDPR. Publc whois into is available as a free option.

NetWork Solutions, not surprisingly appears to stll be charging, $9.97 /yr. Add to the list... I'm curious.
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1&1 also free domain privacy.

(Now branded as Ionos)

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Google domains-
When you purchase or transfer a domain name, privacy included is almost always an option (some domain name endings do not support this feature). If privacy included is selected, we cover the cost of keeping your details private
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fyi:
ICANN'S Proposed Interim Model for GDPR Compliance [icann.org] (pdf)