[Community-Discuss] AFRINIC and the GDPR

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Wed Apr 11 06:08:11 UTC 2018

> On Apr 10, 2018, at 22:42 , Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com> wrote:
> Hi AfriNIC Board,
> Can this board please *urgently* inform this community as to what preparations they have made as regards to compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations passed by the European Commision and the board will be in a position to give this community a full and complete report as to their GDPR compliance status and what will be changing before the 25th of May to ensure that when the GDPR comes into force AfriNIC is compliant.

Is Mauritius signatory to some treaty making them subject to GDPR?
> Considering that the regulation comes into force on the 25th of May 2018 – and AfriNIC is 100% holding data of EU Citizens, which makes them subject to the regulations irrespective of the fact that they are domiciled in Mauritius – this is an urgent and critical issue.  It has direct impact on the whois database, abuse contact information, handling of data submitted during application process and potentially even the proposed review policy, just to name a few things that I can think of off the top of my head – and cannot be ignored.  I would in fact have liked to have seen discussions by the board in the minutes that have been published about the GDPR long before now – considering the impact – but failing that – the question is now being asked.

It’s not about EU Citizens. It’s about EU Residents. (Common misconception about GDPR).

Further, unless your in a silly country that was dumb enough to sign a treaty extending EU’s legal reach into your sovereignty, such as the stupid congress of the united States, then you can offer the EU a nice big Italian sign language gesture regarding their GDPR and continue on with business as usual.


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