What’s in a Name? Domain Registration Changes in the Wake of the GDPR
History of the Domain Name System
Domain Registration Terms to Know
How to Register a Domain
- An interested party, known as the registrant, contacts a registrar to notify them that they would like to purchase a domain.
- A registrar takes the registrant’s desired domain name to a registry to verify it is available. A registry maintains the list of second-level domains registered to any one top-level domain. For example, the registry for any website ending in .com is maintained by Verisign Inc. in Virginia. A list of registries for every top-level domain can be found here.
- If available, a registrar submits the registrant’s information to the registry to show that the domain belongs to that individual.
Why Are GDPR and ICANN in Conflict?
- Notification of a data breach
- Right to access data
- Right to be forgotten
- Data portability, or taking data from one place to another