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WHOIS access and the NIS2 Directive

The European Commission’s proposed update of the Network and Information Security Directive may revive discussions about access to WHOIS data. When a domain name is registered, contact details are typically requested for various purposes, including billing, administrative and technical questions. For most of the history of the DNS this ‘WHOIS’ data – including names, postal […]

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WHOIS access for CSIRTs

Over recent months the GDPR has given extra weight to concerns – originally expressed by regulators fifteen years ago – about public access to information about individual registrants of DNS domains. This article considers the use of this WHOIS data by those handling information security incidents, and why this represents a benefit, rather than a […]