Last week we reported on a session at the ICANN meeting in Panama, in which the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) heard from rights holders who have faced significant enforcement challenges following the enactment of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As the week went on, it became clear that those frustrations will continue for some time yet, despite government calls for urgent action.

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RE: Governments call for urgency in WHOIS efforts, but rocky road lies ahead

ICANN's urgent actions about access to WHOIS should be considered a priority. In my view, it is clear that consumers are 'parties with a legitimate purpose' in relation to information as to potential infringers of trademark rights. However, class actions on the part of consumers is probably not immediately feasible, as the rights holders in question are scattered around the world. It rests with ICANN to provide relief to large numbers of consumers who will have no access to legal remedies. Ernesto Cavelier

Ernesto Cavelier, Posse Herrera Ruiz on 05 Jul 2018 @ 19:36

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