EPIC Warns ICANN about Lack of Privacy for WHOIS Data

In comments to ICANN, EPIC urged the Internet policy organization to comply with privacy law and privacy standards. ICANN manages the Whois database, a publicly accessible repository of domain name registrants' contact information. EPIC has long criticized ICANN for exposing personal data to spammers, stalkers, and criminal investigators. Internet privacy expert Stephanie Perrin recently stated, "The existing policy and trigger mechanisms reflect at best a basic failure to comprehend the way data protection law works, at worst a determination to be as difficult and intransigent as possible." In the latest comments, EPIC warned ICANN that failure to comply with legal standards could leave the organization subject to enforcement action, following the Schrems decision in Europe. ICANN's final report is due December 1.

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