GDPR, Whois and Your Domain Names

Hello Everyone,

Happy Friday! As you may have heard, or have seen from the bombardment of emails from companies updating their Privacy Policy, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulationhas gone into effect as of May 25th, 2018. This is a major Privacy regulation setup by the European Union, to help keep private information of domain registrants private, not public, through the general WHOIS. Although this regulation has gone into effect in Europe, domains around the world are affected, as domain registries want to make sure that no information is shared of registrants that may be in the European Union. As a domain name provider, we feel it is our obligation to let you know what this means for you.


So what does this mean for you as a domain name owner?


As a domain name owner, there is a few things for you to know:

  1. At SafetyNames, by default, your domain ownership information is not shared with the general public through Whois.  (Organization and Country information is still shown through the Whois, which are requirements from ICANN, the governing body of the internet.)
  2.  You do have the option to share your domain ownership information with the public by sending us an email: [email protected] and we can turn that ON for you. This is useful for Organizations and domain investors, who are looking to sell their domain names. That way, potential buyers can find out who to contact to purchase the domain name.
  3. You still have the option of WhoisPrivacy, which will mask the remaining ownership information in the whois. You can select this for your domains via the checkout.

Privacy is something that we take serious at SafetyNames, so we want to give you all relevant information possible around Domains & Privacy.

Product of California

Product of California

Just last week, California passed The California Consumer Privacy Act, which will make sure companies protect the personal data of California residents and inform California residents of what information they have collected from them, starting Jan. 1, 2020. In many ways, this is similar to the European GDPR, but it does have its differences. As the governing body of the internet’s headquarters, ICANN, is based in California, we can see how this will shape out the domain name whois in the future.

As for now, you can reach out to us at anytime to discuss further about GDPR and how it may affect your whois.


The SafetyNames Team


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