If you hold a lot of domains, your head is probably spinning, or you’ve discovered what migraines are like. GDPR and European Union privacy law is causing registrars and ICANN itself to go mad trying to create policies that do not violate privacy for EU domain owners, and at the same redevelop all privacy policies. It’s a mess. Registrars are doing different things.
We domain sellers would’ve liked to continue being able to use public Whois for many reasons —
So buyers can find us easily;
So we can go out and find prospective buyers;
So escrow services and domain marketplaces can use Whois to confirm ownership;
And for general research into who owns what.
We’ve really relied on public Whois. It’s going to be hard to change. We need to find other ways to accomplish the same things.
Sales landing pages, with contact forms for domains you’re selling, aren’t sufficient by themselves but absolutely necessary now.
Registrar-provided contact forms aren’t sufficient, but extremely helpful.***
Marketplace listings have suddenly become much more important, since they offer another way for a buyer to find you.
And we’ve run across an inventive way someone changed his contact info to include a contact method, which could work for some registrars masking your email.
What Some Registrars Are Doing About GDPR
What you’ll find on a Whois page now depends varies with the registrar controlling the domain.
I haven’t researched how domains of different countries are being handled, but will update as I find things out and post it here.
Enom: It’s in process.
Enom has a helpful blog and subscriber newsletter to update users, but they are still working out how they’ll allow for registrants to opt in and allow some access to their Whois info, or stay private. At this writing, you cannot opt to allow public access to your Whois information that has been blocked. Resellers and other Enom customers have been emailed links to lots of user pages.
Here are some:
Transfers: GDPR-Enom Blog The only change I see is that a transfer out has to be approved by Enom (you’d click on an email from Enom), not the gaining registrar.
Moniker: Offering a helpful work-around for some.***
This applies to domains registered at Moniker. Moniker is not blocking Whois name, address or email for those in the U.S. However, this might change soon, and perhaps the workaround is for domains that are privacy-enabled. At the bottom of the Whois page, you’ll see a URL where you can find a contact form to reach the owner of any Moniker-regged domain: Domain-Contact.org
This url can be found on many Whois service pages, but not Godaddy Whois, which stripped it off. This action on Godaddy’s part is really unhelpful.
Names and addresses and even emails are shown for Godaddy registrations, but not others. And of course there’s that masking that they were already doing, so any info for Godaddy-registered domains has to be viewed on Godaddy’s Whois.
Dynadot: Not blocking U.S. info, yet.
The Dynadot Whois for names registered with Dynadot is still public — name, address, email, for owners located in the U.S.