National country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) registries in Europe plan to either limit access to their WHOIS database or revise the terms of the contracts with their registrars and others to ensure their compliance with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on May 25, 2018.
The Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR) informed ICANN of this in a November 16, 2017 letter. The letter was sent in response to questions from ICANN on how European registries intended to respond to the GDPR.
CENTR surveyed its members and 21.4% said they would look to limit WHOIS access, 28.6% said they would revise their contracts with registrars and 32.1% said they would do the same with “other parties” which could, presumably, include domain owners (registrants).
Whilst no detail is provided on intended changes, they may end up impacting the way domain names are sold by European registries. End-user prices may also become an issue if registrars find they have to modify their systems or sign on to more stringent contract stipulations in order to be able to continue offering these ccTLDs to end-users.