What extensions did GDPR privacy rules affect? Plus when did GPDR begin?

Labeled as question in Domain Extensions, started by, Feb 19, 2020


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    Never really paid attention to GDPR.

    Simple questions.

    what extensions did GDPR privacy rules affect?

    Was it only European Union related domain extensions? or did it apply to all domain extensions? or non european ones

    Plus when did GDPR begin? Would like to know when GDPR affected the whois data?

    I was under the impression that because of GDPR certain registrars and registries had to give registrant free privacy?

    So people who normally did not have privacy on their domains got free privacy or were forced to get it? or given the options to get it?

    by default do registrants of .eu ,.de, .es,.fr,.it,.at,.ch, etc etc get free privacy because of GDPR?
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  2. MadAboutDomains

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    It is the residents of the EU that it affected, so not specific extensions. The law spanned more than just companies in the EU - if you are the 'data controller' for any EU customer's personally identifiable data you had to be clear with exactly how you are going to process it at the point that the data is collected and give them a right to privacy and deletion.

    IE. You can't just share the data with whoever you want and you can't process it beyond how it was agreed to when it was collected without the person's express permission to do so.

    Though ICANN resisted as much as possible to keep WHOIS alive, they had to comply, as did registrars. So they hid EU customer data in the WHOIS.

    As for this...
    it takes one search for GDPR to find out...

    I'm from the UK and though this data privacy sounds like a good thing, in reality companies can just do whatever the hell they want (within reason). The GDPR crap meant that we all have to press 'accept' on every website to give every website permission to place a cookie in the browser. That also sounds like a good idea, but it's not.... it just meant that every website implemented it so that it's so difficult to decline that everyone just ends up pressing accept so that they can get to the information on whatever website they're visiting.

    It's legislation for legislation's sake and dreamt up by people that don't know anything when it comes to 'I.T.'/technology.

    Bye bye EU, we don't miss you! :hungry:
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2020

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