What is WHOIS?
WHOIS is a tool commonly used to look up registered information about domain name holders. Information that can easily be obtained via WHOIS is, for example, when a particular domain was registered and which registrar it is under. Please try the function in the search box above!
Previously, WHOIS was considerably more “permissive” and it was possible to search for, for example, a certain individual’s name and directly get up all the domains with which it was associated. But from an integrity point of view, and because the system was misused by spammers, such data is no longer as easily accessible. In connection with the introduction of GDPR, the rules on the storage and disclosure of personal data have become even stricter and it has led European registrars (such as Binero) to simply store a minimal amount of information about our domain customers, and never more than we need to ensure administration and technical operation.
Due to GDPR, we of course never leave any information to third parties. For example, rights organizations have tried to get around the GDPR by requesting the “Admin / Tech” contacts for a domain, which many registrars have set the same as the “Registrant” contact (which is what we and most of the others have done in all years ).
If Binero is today contacted by a rights organization, we will briefly notify the holder instead of allowing the rights organization to take the information directly from WHOIS. But the proprietor has no obligation to respond or act on what is stated in the message. So we do not leave any information as it would be contrary to GDPR.
The only thing we release today is a backup to a company called Iron Mountain . This backup can only be seen by ourselves and by ICANN, as we only have access to the keys with which the data is encrypted. This data is used only if Binero was to go bankrupt or similar, in other words, we are insolvent and can no longer manage our customers’ domains. It is thus a security so that another registrar can take over the operation if necessary. However, ICANN also cannot freely enter and check the data in the backup.
Here you can read much more about WHOIS history and how the tool works.