New Cayman Islands law forces Uniregistry to change Whois policy.
Domain name registrar Uniregistry is making the publication of Whois data opt-in for registrants.
The move is in response to a new Cayman Islands Data Protection Law. Think of it as the Cayman Islands’ version of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.
Many of Uniregistry’s clients are domain name investors who want their information disclosed in Whois and they will be able to opt-in to doing this.
Technically, ICANN requires all registrars to provide a way for their customers to opt-in to have their information published in Whois but few have enabled this capability.
For domains with masked Whois records, Uniregistry will provide a form for people to contact the domain owner.
Most (but not all) other big domain name registrars began masking Whois data carte blanche after GDPR went into effect in May even though the law doesn’t cover non-EU citizen/resident data.