I was curious to see how Whois would look with GDPR upon us. I did a Whois search for a domain name registered at Enom, and “Data Protected” is the term that is input in many of the registrant fields. The email address is listed as email@example.com and there is no phone number for the registrant.
Here’s a screenshot of a Whois lookup I did at Enom this morning to show you how (at least some of) their Whois records look in the wake of GDPR implementation:
The majority of my domain names are registered at GoDaddy, and it looks like the company is not blocking my Whois information. I also checked one of my domain names at Name Bright, and the Whois information is showing.
I checked a few other names at Enom and Network Solutions, and I noticed that many were not showing Whois results. I am not sure if that is because their system is being updated or if something else is going on with Whois right now. I tried Whois lookups at several registrars and ICANN and noticed the same lack of Whois results for some names at several websites.
With GDPR in effect now, it remains to be seen what impact it will have on the business of domain investing. I do not plan to make any changes to what I do here unless I learn that I need to make changes to avoid penalties.