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05|18|2012 11:01 am EDT

Federal Commissioner for Data Protection says law enforcements requests for new RAA are against German laws

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Legal Issues

The law enforcement recommendations for storing additional information related to domain name registrations that are supposed to make their way into ICANN’s new Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) might be against German data privacy laws, as (German tech publication) reports. According to the response to Heise’s inquiry,  The Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information confirmed that the storage of domain name registration related data for two years would be illegal in Germany. The requests include to store address information, changes to any information, payment information, a full account history and a number of other items for a period of two years after the end of the contract.

European data protection advocates have already been fighting a long fight against the publication of whois data, leading to an introduction of a “Whois Procedure for Conflicts with National Laws” at ICANN in 2007.

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May 18, 2012 @ 11:58 am EDT

Very useful

Concerned Individual

May 18, 2012 @ 3:09 pm EDT

People have no idea what they are getting themselves into when they purchase a domain name without adding the privacy feature. Trust me I’ve seen tons of cases of defamation, extortion etc to innocent businesses and individuals that expose basic whois details sometimes unknowingly.

For many criminals they have turned it into a very lucrative, full time job. If you have a domain and you get a phone call from someone telling you that they will ruin you online, posting your info next to the word scam, unless you cut them a quick check of $10,000, I would recommend you write them a quick check and treat it as a expensive lesson learned.

The alternative is to pay thousands of dollars cleaning up the mess and on lawyer fees where you end up getting no where.


May 31, 2012 @ 2:54 pm EDT

Nice! German data privacy laws will rule the future online world. We have the strongest! History proven! The U.S. & the rest of the world has to learn from it! Better for the people!

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