A model that might make domain investing easier under GDPR.
A lot of processes domain investors and marketplaces use have become challenging thanks to the European Unions General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Most of this has to do with registrars blocking access to information in Whois.
This makes it difficult for marketplaces to verify a domain was transfer. It makes it hard for brokers and buyers to do due diligence on domain ownership. And as a journalist, tracking down domain ownership is very tricky.
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which handles cybersquatting complaints under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), has also had to change its procedures because of GDPR. Many Complainants are filing blindly, not knowing who owns the domain name.
WIPO is working on a possible solution with some other industry participants. They will share what they’re thinking as it relates to domain investors in a webinar in conjunction with Internet Commerce Association on Wednesday, July 10.