Registrars and NCUC discussing WHOIS and privacy laws.

The non-commercial constituency is visiting the registrars; the meeting is joined by George Papapavlou from the European Commission. Papapavlou tries to explain main legal conocepts that determine European approach to WHOIS. One of the task forces…

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The non-commercial constituency is visiting the registrars; the meeting is joined by George Papapavlou from the European Commission. Papapavlou tries to explain main legal conocepts that determine European approach to WHOIS. One of the task forces of GNSO has asked GAC some questions. Papapavlou will try to give replies in this meeting. Main starting point for European thinking on WHOIS: “What is the purpose of WHOIS?” Answer this question, then you can answer second question: “What data are we talking about?” In European legal framework, processing of personal data is possible for specific purpose. Once purpose has been defined, you know what data is relevant. Purpose of WHOIS is not really clear. Initial idea: Need contact data on specific domain names in case something gets wrong — reach technical contact point. If this is purpose of WHOIS, that’s good starting point.