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Daily Dashboard | European Commission mulls law enforcement access to WHOIS database Related reading: Podcast: Santa Clara County's CPO talks building a program from the ground up


As the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers seeks to align the WHOIS database with the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation, the European Commission has suggested that at least some of the personal information about website owners may no longer be displayed in the data set, EURACTIV reports. Law enforcement authorities say they access a “significant number” of website information to aid in criminal investigations and have complained to the Commission about any change in the system. In a statement sent to ICANN, the cybercrime division of Europol, EC3, called the database an “essential element of the cybersecurity community’s efforts to maintain the overall security and stability of the global internet, and any loss of access would seriously degrade these efforts.”
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