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  • From: DENIC Presse <presse AT>
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  • Subject: [DENICpublic-l] PRESS RELEASE - Extensive Innovations Planned for DENIC Whois Domain Query
  • Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2018 16:33:10 +0100
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Extensive Innovations Planned for DENIC Whois Domain Query:
Proactive Approach for Data Economy and Data Protection


Dear Sir or Madam,

In the future, DENIC will only record the contact details of the domain
holder, two additional
e-mail addresses as contact points for abuse reports and general and
technical requests as well as the usual technical domain data.

Data Economy as the Guiding Principle
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will be applicable as of
25 May 2018, includes hardly any material changes compared to the
currently valid Federal Data Protection Law of Germany with regard to the
legitimacy of data processing. Nevertheless, DENIC has taken the change in
the European data protection legislation as an opportunity to thoroughly
review its data processing procedures, which have been in place nearly
without any amendments and always rated fully compliant with the law by the
competent data protection authority for 30 years. The driving force behind
this was the principle of data economy. The drastic reduction of stored data
makes the registry of .de domains a pioneer in this field.

Within the framework of the Domain pulse conference in Munich, Germany, on 22
and 23 February 2018, DENIC announced changes with regard to the
collection and publication of registration data. DENIC CEO Dr. Jörg Schweiger
points out that the innovations will not only further strengthen DENIC's
role in the Internet community but also ensure that DENIC is optimally
prepared for future developments and interpretations of the law.

Data Collection and Data Output: What's New
In addition to the domain holder data, DENIC will record two non-personalised
e-mail addresses, which will be the responsibility of the registrar. One
address will be destined for general and technical requests ("General
Request") and one will be the contact for abuse reports ("Abuse). Of course
DENIC will continue to collect domain-related technical data, such as name
servers, DNS key information and the like, since they are needed to
establish the functionality of the domain.

Next to the status of the domain, these two e-mail addresses and the
technical data will be the minimum that will be output by the domain query
service. The previously used contacts,
Tech-C, Zone-C and Admin-C, will no longer be collected and thus also not

Personal holder data will not be shown any more in the whois output. If there
is a legitimate interest in these data and thus a data protection
criterion met, DENIC will still reveal the data. To process the several
thousand whois queries DENIC receives every working day, the registry plans to
use semi-automated processes for evaluating the legitimate interest in and
subsequent output of the data.

User-Oriented Approach
With the survey DENIC has installed to precede a domain query since the start
of February 2018, we obtain valuable information about the query
behaviour of different (user) groups. The results will be reflected in the
further development of the service, tailored to the users' specific needs.


Kind regards

Susanne Knauf-Hochvárt
Public Relations
DENIC eG | Kaiserstraße 75 - 77 | 60329 Frankfurt am Main | GERMANY
E-Mail: presse AT | Fon: +49 69 27235-274 | Fax: -235

Angaben nach § 25a Absatz 1 GenG:
DENIC eG (Sitz: Frankfurt am Main). Vorstand: Helga Krüger, Martin
Küchenthal, Andreas Musielak, Dr. Jörg Schweiger
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats: Thomas Keller. Eingetragen unter Nr. 770 im
Genossenschaftsregister, Amtsgericht Frankfurt am Main

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