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Struggling ICANN comes up with temporary solution to comply WHOIS with GDPR

As the deadline for GDPR was nearing, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) came up with temporary solution to comply WHOIS with GDPR.

WHOIS is an internet protocol that is used to query databases and obtain information about registration of a domain name. ICANN asked for a year to fully comply WHOIS data privacy with GDPR, but the request was declined.

“Unless there is a moratorium, we may no longer be able to … maintain WHOIS. Without resolution of these issues, the WHOIS system will become fragmented … A fragmented WHOIS would no longer employ a common framework for generic top-level domain (gTLD) registration directory services,” argued ICANN.

The domain registration organizations who miss the GDPR’s 25 May 2018 enforcement deadline, will be fined up to €20 million or 4% of annual revenue. To avoid the penalties, ICANN announced “Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data”.

So, with the temporary solution, the Registry Operators and Registrars will still collect the registration data like registrant, administrative and technical contact information.

The new thing is that most of the personal data wouldn’t be available publicly. If the users want to access non-public data, they’ll have to request the Registrars and Registry Operators, with mentioning the legitimate and proportionate purpose. The request will be submitted via an anonymized email or web form.

The temporary solution will be applicable to all the registrations, and will cover the data processing arrangements between ICANN, Registry Operators, Registrars, and Data Escrow Agents.

“WHOIS is an important system, and preserving it allows it to continue to act as a key tool in the ongoing fight against cybercrime, malicious actors, intellectual property infringement, and more. This Temporary Specification, which is based on the Proposed Interim Compliance Model, aims to prevent fragmentation of WHOIS and ensure that WHOIS continues to be available, to the greatest extent possible,” said Cherine Chalaby, Chair, ICANN Board of Directors.

Also read: Microsoft and Intel collaborate with BDO and IntraEdge to launch GDPR Edge

The Board of Directors at ICANN are still looking for a permanent solution.

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101 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Domain Names

Why Not Getting the .COM TLD You Want Might Not Be the End of the World?

As the Internet continues to grow exponentially, more of its most valued real estate – the .com, is no longer available for new entrants into the domain market. For many, this can be disheartening, especially when that million-dollar idea and million-dollar name took hours to research, plan and draw-up. Though a .com TLD (Top Level Domain) remains the premier TLD in use, other options do exist and may actually be cheaper and better for your brand.

According to domain facts from websitebuilderau.com, a vast array of country and regional TLDs, along with industry and sector-based non-government TLDs exist and are vastly under-populated, meaning getting that perfect domain name may be cheaper and easier than you think.

Most Common Alternative

When it comes to online real estate the second most popular domain TLD is .net. For those who are unable to register their sought-after name as a .com, there is a chance that .net is available. Though not nearly as popular as .com extensions, .net is still used by many of the world’s top brands and are a great alternative if a .com isn’t available.

Cheapest Options

For those looking for a cheaper entry point into the world of online domain ownership many cheap and even free options exist. Up until 1995 .com domains were free to register and since have seen price upsurges. The TLD .xyz is the most used non-governmental TLD and it costs only 59cents to register your domain. Other cheaper options are the free domains registered to the .tk, .cf, .ga, .ml, .cu or .cc TLDs. With these options, it’s possible for anyone to get a piece of the Internet real estate market for little to no investment.

Sector Specific Options

For those looking to register a domain that fits into a specific sector or niche, sector-specific TLDs are a great option. For example, if you were a company looking at releasing a mobile app, the .app TLD may be just what you’re looking for. Other in-demand TLDs that are sector or niche specific include .fan, .web and .club. For those looking for even more TLD freedom, a frequently used technique is to adapt country TLDs to commercial purposes. Examples of this are using something like .dj, the TLD for Djibouti, if you are a disc jockey, or .co (Colombia) to represent corporation or company. By using your imagination, you can increase the possible TLDs available to you and add a little spin on how you market your brand.

Country & Region Options

Another great option for brands and businesses that operate in a specific region or territory is to register their preferred domain name with a country-specific TLD. For example, a Canadian company selling products or services to a Canadian consumer base can register a .ca TLD, or a United Kingdom-based company can do the same with a .uk extension. Currently, top country-specific domain registrations are led by China’s .cn TLD, and other top countries specific TLDs including .de for Germany, .ru for Russia and .tk for Tokelau.

Regardless of your domain’s TLD, the truth is you will need to market your address to draw traffic regardless. In the event you can’t get your brand’s exact .com TLD, these are just a few ways to solve the problem, adding a unique marketing angle and possibly saving you money at the same time.

Here’s a quick infographic that will give you a brief about domain names and facts associated with them:

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WHMCS Announces Integration of eNom New TLD portal in Version 5.2.3

eNom, Inc., an ICANN accredited wholesale registrar and WHMCS, a billing and support solutions company, have announced the inclusion of eNom’s new TLD program in the recently launched WHMCS Version 5.2.3 software. This update will allow WHMCS users the unique opportunity to participate in all aspects of the initial phases of the new TLD launch, including the Sunrise and Landrush periods. A while back, WHMCS announced the release of WHMCS Version 5.2.

We are an advocate and true believer in the introduction of new TLDs, as it will change how the world uses the Web, Our partnership with eNom demonstrates our commitment to be at the forefront of this new digital endeavor. said Aaron Phillips, vice president of business development for WHMCS.

No matter who you are, as long as you’re a WHMCS customer you can very easily participate in this historic event. We have made a significant technology enhancements to ensure that our resellers have access to participating in what we believe will be a very lucrative opportunity for them with the launch of new domain extensions.
Chris Sheridan, VP, business development, eNom.
Chris Sheridan, VP, business development, eNom.

Today’s announcement is the result of a long collaboration between eNom and WHMCS in raising the visibility of new TLDs to the sizeable number of customers using both companies’ solutions. Back in November 2012, the companies announced a New-TLD-WHMCS add-on available to all WHMCS customers already on the eNom platform. With the release of 5.2.3, all WHMCS customers are now able to simply integrate and oversee the entire new TLD process – from supporting the trademark windows to granting access to new domain extensions the exact minute they go live.

No matter who you are, as long as you’re a WHMCS customer you can very easily participate in this historic event. We have made a significant technology enhancements to ensure that our resellers have access to participating in what we believe will be a very lucrative opportunity for them with the launch of new domain extensions. No other registrar has executed a comparable initiative, establishing eNom as an essential partner for organizations interested in the innovative gTLD market. said Chris Sheridan, vice president of business development for eNom.

eNom is rolling out new modules to help customers take orders for the Sunrise, Landrush and General Availability periods of TLD launches occurring in the months ahead. These modules are powered by the robust and comprehensive eNom technology platform, which supports over 15M domain names and 8,800 resellers. The first module available is the new gTLD Watchlist, which captures expressions of interest from customers to drive leads and revenue associated with new domain name extensions.

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Directi, Tucows and Namecheap Partner to Manage .online Registry for ICANN’s new gTLD program

Domain industry veterans Directi, Tucows and Namecheap have announced formation of an alliance  to manage the .online registry. Directi and Tucows are  known for their wholesale platforms and the large, global domain name reseller channels they manage. Namecheap, a top-ten retail registrar, is best known for its strong consumer brand and emphasis on customer service.

The move comes as ICANN accepted nearly 2,000 applications from prospective registries who would like to manage their own TLDs as  part of its New Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) program. It’s highly likely that we may see other partnerships formed in the coming days  as ICANN has encouraged applicants not to compete for auction but to team up on gTLD strings to  save themselves considerable time and money.

The three companies each bring significant capital to the table to launch and operate the .online registry. They bring a wealth of experience and capabilities, from registry management to wholesale distribution to retail service. Perhaps most importantly, they bring enormous global reach. Between their wholesale and retail operations, Directi, Tucows and Namecheap combined reach over 40 million small businesses and other hosting customers around the world.

“This partnership makes perfect sense for us and it makes perfect sense for .online registrants. Between the three of us and all our properties, we know we can deliver an outstanding .online experience to resellers and end users in every corner of the world.” said Directi CEO & Founder, Bhavin Turakhia, Tucows CEO Elliot Noss and Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall.

About Directi
A $350m+ group of businesses, Directi provides various web products and services to millions of global users. Directi businesses include ResellerClub, LogicBoxes, BigRock, Skenzo, Media.net and Radix Registry. For more information, please visit directi.com.

About Tucows
Tucows is a global Internet services company having services like OpenSRS, Hover, Ting and  YummyNames.  More information can be found on tucows.com.

About Namecheap
Namecheap is a Los Angeles-based ICANN accredited domain registrar founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. With nearly 1 million satisfied clients and over 3 million domain names under management, Namecheap is one of the top ten domain registrars in the world. Find out more  at namecheap.com.

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LogicBoxes Launches Integrate Vertically Service for New gTLD Operators

LogicBoxes, the developer of OrderBox , a Registrar automation product currently used by over 100 ICANN Accredited Registrars, announced the launch of a new solution, ‘Integrate Vertically’, tailored to meet the needs of New gTLD operators. The solution is meant for those New gTLD operators that wish to set-up a Registrar subsidiary to distribute their TLDs to resellers, end-customers or internal users, without depending exclusively on existing Registrars.

LogicBoxes Launches Integrate Vertically Service for New gTLD Operators

The electric fence that divided registry and registrar operations since 1999 has been torn down. gTLDs will soon out-number the active Registrars but their shelf space will be very limited. Incumbent Registrars will not be able to focus on all gTLDs as they do today. New gTLD operators need to plan their distribution strategy and evaluate the need to setup a registrar subsidiary. – Sandeep Ramchandani, Business Head, LogicBoxes.
 Sandeep Ramchandani, Business Head, LogicBoxes.

“The electric fence that divided registry and registrar operations since 1999 has been torn down. gTLDs will soon out-number the active Registrars but their shelf space will be very limited. Incumbent Registrars will not be able to focus on all gTLDs as they do today. New gTLD operators need to plan their distribution strategy and evaluate the need to setup a registrar subsidiary” said Sandeep Ramchandani, Business Head of LogicBoxes.

The solution consists of a comprehensive package which offers consultancy to take New gTLD bidders through the ICANN Registrar Accreditation process, front-end and back-end registrar software set-up (using OrderBox), process and compliance management (to ensure that all clients are prepared to manage Registrar functions), and even includes white-labeled end-customer support. Once integrated, all New gTLD clients will be in an advantageous position to channel their string to LogicBoxes’ existing base of 100+ Registrars and 100,000+ Resellers. You can find more information on LogicBoxes’ latest New gTLD offering on their website here: www.logicboxes.com/new-gtld-applicants

About LogicBoxes:
LogicBoxes is a Technology & Consultancy Company providing Business Solutions exclusively to the large players of the Web Products & Services Industry – including New gTLD Applicants, ICANN Registrars, Domain Registries, Large Web Hosts and Domain Resellers. LogicBoxes is the world’s premiere ICANN Accreditation Consultancy provider. Over 20% of the world’s ICANN Accredited Registrars have been accredited through the LogicBoxes Consultancy Service. Additionally, LogicBoxes also offers a renowned turnkey SaaS platform – OrderBox, which provides end-to-end business automation to clients. LogicBoxes currently powers over 7 Million domains across the world through an extensive network of over 100+ registrars and 100,000+ resellers.