I think changes to privacy laws are going to pose an additional challenge to those who invest in domain names. More specifically, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will make it more difficult for domain investors to see who owns domain names, and it will become more challenging to get in touch with the domain owners to make an offer for the domain name.
A domain management firm called Brandsight and a domain name and brand protection firm called Yellow Brand Protection are co-hosting a free webinar to discuss these upcoming changes. I think domain investors and others within the domain name space might find the webinar to be informational. The invitation to attend the webinar was tweeted this afternoon:
GDPR likely to impact domain management and online brand protection programs – join this joint Brandsight / Yellow Brand Protection webinar on Wed., Nov. 29 to learn more about it – https://t.co/ucqRwAys5e
— Brandsight, Inc. (@brandsight) November 27, 2017
The webinar will be led by Bart Lieben, a European intellectual property expert, and it will be held this coming Wednesday, November 29 from 1-2:00 PM Eastern. Registration for the webinar is a requirement, and you can register here. I do not see any specifics about who can register to attend the webinar. You can learn more about the event on the registration page. Hopefully the organizers will upload a video of the webinar once it is completed.
Everyone that works with domain names should know about GDPR because it will impact domain registration information. This looks like it will be a helpful event to learn more about the impacts of the GDPR and how it will impact businesses that own or buy domain names.