There are many benefits to keeping your Whois information public.
GDPR has been in effect for a few months now and the impact on the domain name industry has been huge. The biggest impact is with Whois; many major domain name registrars are now masking all Whois data.
There are some benefits to this, including reduced spam and telemarketing calls. But domain name owners should probably do what’s necessary to keep their Whois information public. Here’s why:
1. Fewer UDRP/legal actions
A consequence of masked Whois is that companies that consider filing a UDRP or legal action no longer know who they’re filing against. WIPO has changed its process so that it informs the Complainant about who the owner is and then lets the complainant amend their complaint.
There are some problems with this. One is that if it’s obvious that you have rights or legitimate interests in the domain name (e.g. it matches your last name), the Complainant might ordinarily not file the complaint. But once they file, will they actually decide at this point to withdraw the complaint?
This is less of an issue for domain investors than smaller domain owners/businesses. But for domain investors, this still creates a problem. Owning a domain as an investment can establish a legitimate interest in a domain name. Click to continue reading…