Long before General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance was a topic, GoDaddy and other registrars adopted a practice of obscuring WHOIS records and/or requiring persons interested in knowing the identity of the registrant to visit their website to retrieve the properly formed WHOIS report. For example: Domain Name: DONALDTRUMP.COM Registry Domain ID: 5014087_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com Updated Date: 2018-06-28T21:52:39Z Creation Date: 1999-03-07T05:00:00Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2019-07-01T03:59:59Z Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC Registrar IANA ID: 146 Registrar Abuse Contact Email: [email protected] Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4806242505 Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientUpdateProhibited Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientRenewProhibited Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientDeleteProhibited Registrant Organization: THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION Registrant State/Province: New York Registrant Country: US Registrant Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=DONALDTRUMP.COM Admin Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=DONALDTRUMP.COM Tech Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=DONALDTRUMP.COM Name Server: MEGAN.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM Name Server: MILES.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM DNSSEC: unsigned URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/ If you follow the URL, you do get a properly formed WHOIS report after getting past the reCAPTCHA. Do professional domain investors accept these extra steps and tolerate the idea that their WHOIS data is masked or otherwise obscured, effectively forcing people to contact registrants through other means? At the same time, ad blocking software have made many conventional parking landers effectively blank screens. Some parking companies have started to pivot using landers but most parking is still an easy ad block. I ask this because I realize that many domain sellers have had a tough few months with selling domains. It dawned on me that the drop in domain selling activity appeared to coincide with GDPR rollout which kicked off in earnest on May 25, 2018 and where many registrars simply masked everything on WHOIS. For anyone involved in domain selling as a profession, or relying on it as a supplemental source of income, it seems to me that this was a disservice to registrants. To this day, anyone who owns a Donuts domain name has 100% of the Personally Identifying Information masked and there is still no way to override it. At Epik, we did not enforce GDPR outside of the EU and gave registrants the ability to opt out of free WHOIS privacy proxy services where the WHOIS email still forwards to an actual email address even if the GDPR-compliant domain was privacy protected. We also do not require a reCAPTCHA for WHOIS searches. Anecdotally, Epik has seen no drop in domain sales or inquiries for .COM but has seen a drop in Donuts registry domain inquiries except through domain marketplaces and MLS searches. I am curious to hear what professional domain investors think about their experience since May 2018 with navigating WHOIS policies, and also about any apparent or observed correlation between WHOIS data visibility with domain sales.