June 21, 2018
On May 25, 2018, Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) went into effect to provide a set of standardized data protection laws across all of the European member countries. That same day, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) filed an injunction against EPAG Domaineservices GmbH (“EPAG”), a Tucows-owned registrar based in Bonn, Germany. The purpose of the lawsuit was to request that the court issue a GDPR interpretative ruling on what data should continue to be collected and disclosed by WHOIS. On May 30, 2018, the court refused to issue an injunction against EPAG. ICANN has appealed this GDPR interpretation decision to the Higher Regional Court of Cologne, Germany.
Why is it so important for ICANN to get a court to interpret the GDPR?