The EU GDPR protection law comes into force this year and is defined to protect EU nationals in terms of how information is shared and what detail is legally accessible. This has been welcomed by citizens who for so long have had little control over where their information is shared and who can obtain it. With also very little rights and control as to what specific information is displayed when it comes to websites, social media and directories.

However, with the introduction of EU GDPR this could become could become controversial in some areas of business and could even see hacker’s information actually protected!

This especially applies in the case of WHOIS. The company WHOIS was formed in the 1980’s as an online portal to display information as to where domains are registered including company name, address and country, how long they have been registered and where the domain points too. WHOIS has proven to be a valuable tool for website developers so that they may access website information and has also helped company owners to track down their domains which may have been registered to a home addresses or through a former member of staff who is no longer with the company. Because of its open platform, WHOIS has even enabled consumers the ability check that a website has been registered legitimately.

Raj Samani, the chief scientist at cybersecurity firm McAfee said in a recent report to The Guardian – EU data protection law may end up protecting scammers, experts war, “A friend of mine was buying a camera over Christmas, and what they did is they looked at the WHOIS information for this website and actually the website had only been registered for a couple of weeks. And it was clearly fake information that had been put in: it was registered under something like “Mickey Mouse”, something equally obvious.”

EU GDPR will prevent cetain data from being made available online

The problem is that under the new EU GDPR regulation, this type of information through WHOIS could not be made visible because it will not be compliant to the legislation. It would also mean that in effect, hackers could operate undercover as their information for building ‘bogie’ websites and fraudulent systems would no longer be visible.

If this is the case it would be disappointing to see this service disappear when it has been so valuable for many years. The question is, that in some exceptions and especially for business use, could the information still be made accessible where the information and how it is used is a vital tool.

Are you up-to-date with how EU GDPR will affect your business and do you have the right tools in place to protect your organisation? Here are Crendon Insurance Ltd we provide GDPR Insurance to companies who are looking to protect their business and their customers. Please contact us for more information on EU GDPR Insurance.

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