[AfrICANN-discuss] Fwd: [AfriSIG-Alumni] New ICANN WHOIS Privacy/GDPR guidelines and .Africa

Michele Neylon - Blacknight michele at blacknight.com
Mon Apr 1 14:38:17 UTC 2019

A couple of thoughts on this ..

The amount of data published is reduced – yes, but depending on how things pan out over the next 12 months plus with changes to all the underlying policies that could change or the way access is granted to 3rd parties could change.

I wouldn’t be urging people to opt for whois privacy, but I’d also be cautious about saying simply that it’s not needed

Also getting the provider to put their details into any of the fields is a form of whois privacy and makes them partially liable for the domain’s usage. We wouldn’t do that for free and I suspect a lot of others wouldn’t either.



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From: Mark Elkins <mje at posix.co.za>
Organisation: Posix Systems
Reply to: Mark Elkins <mje at posix.co.za>, "africann at afrinic.net" <africann at afrinic.net>
Date: Saturday 30 March 2019 at 09:00
To: "africann at afrinic.net" <africann at afrinic.net>, Arsène Tungali <arsenebaguma at gmail.com>
Cc: "hello at alex.africa" <hello at alex.africa>
Subject: Re: [AfrICANN-discuss] Fwd: [AfriSIG-Alumni] New ICANN WHOIS Privacy/GDPR guidelines and .Africa

I don't think you need WHOIS privacy protection for dotAfrica domain. Why? - look at the output of a whois for my own posix.africa..

I've removed Redacted and some other noise lines.

Domain Name: posix.africa
Registry Domain ID: DOM_9E6-AFRICA
Registrar WHOIS Server: http://gateway-whois.dns.net.za/
Registrar URL: https://dns.business
Updated Date: 2018-08-20T21:17:42Z
Creation Date: 2017-12-12T11:21:19Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2019-12-12T11:21:19Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2019-12-12T11:21:19Z
Registrar: DNS Africa
Registrar IANA ID: 2287
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse at dns.business<mailto:abuse at dns.business>
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +27.115682800
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: ok https://icann.org/epp#ok
Registrant Organization: Posix Systems (Pty) Ltd
Registrant State/Province: Gauteng
Registrant Country: ZA
Name Server: control.vweb.co.za
Name Server: secdns1.posix.co.za
Name Server: secdns2.posix.co.za
DNSSEC: signedDelegation
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2019-03-30T08:36:27Z <<<

What is displayed is Nameservers, the Registrant Organisation and location of the organisation. If that's too much for you - then ask your Registrar or reseller to put in their information for those fields. As long as its your name and e-mail address as Registrant - the domain is under your control.

What I see for alex.africa is:-
Registrant Organization: N A
Registrant State/Province: South Africa
Registrant Country: ZA

... and even there I have a feeling alex.africa is not in South Africa?
On 2019/03/29 16:06, Arsène Tungali wrote:
Hi Alex,

On this list, i am sure people will be willing to help answer your question.

@all: please do help out here especially folks from .africa.

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:
From: Alex Comninos <hello at alex.africa<mailto:hello at alex.africa>>
Date: 29 March 2019 at 15:16:07 CAT
To: AfriSIG-Alumni <afrisig-alumni at lists.apc.org<mailto:afrisig-alumni at lists.apc.org>>
Subject: [AfriSIG-Alumni] New ICANN WHOIS Privacy/GDPR guidelines and .Africa
Reply-To: African School on Internet Governance Alumni list <afrisig-alumni at lists.apc.org<mailto:afrisig-alumni at lists.apc.org>>
Dear All,

I was curious about how ICANN’s new privacy/GDPR guidelines are filtering down to .Africa?

I am renewing domains (.Africas), and decided I don’t want to or need to buy WHOIS privacy protection.

Am I safe in this assumption?

Are there any ICANN wonks who can advise?

I am referring to the following specs:


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