As the ICANN community grapples with the potential threat of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regime to the WHOIS system, the organisation is deferring enforcement actions over non-compliance with contractual obligations relating to the handling of registration data. The move is designed to ease registry and registrar concern over the ability to meet both ICANN and GDPR requirements, but the decision has been criticised as a “reactionary” gambit by one leading IP expert.

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