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Tucows offers “Whois Publicity” for domain names

Customers can now publish their information in Whois.

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Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) has started allowing customers on its Enom and OpenSRS platforms to display their information publicly in Whois—as long as their reseller enables it.

Called “Whois Publicity“, the new option allows registrants to include their registrant information in Whois. Whois will still not show Admin, Tech and Billing contacts even with the Whois Publicity option turned on.

The company masked Whois information for all “thin Whois” domains on its platform after the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation went into effect last year.

ICANN requires all registrars to allow customers to show their information in Whois, but few have enabled this option so far. That’s because ICANN added a loophole to this requirement:

7.2.1. As soon as commercially reasonable, Registrar MUST provide the opportunity for the Registered Name Holder to provide its Consent to publish the additional contact information outlined in Section 2.3 of Appendix A for the Registered Name Holder.

“Commercially reasonable” could mean one year, two, or more. Many registrars are probably waiting for the temporary specification in which this requirement exists to be made permanent.

(Hat tip: George Kirikos)

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