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Impact of the new data protection regulation on the transfer of generic domains

Under the pressure of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Internet Administration ICANN passed a reform of the WHOIS system on 17 May 2018. However they did not agree on more than one transitional model.

Nevertheless, as of 25 May 2018, this transitional model has a real impact on the transfer of domains and the publication of registrant data in public WHOIS (domain name search).

Affected by these changes are exclusively the generic domain names like .com, .net, org as well as all new generic domain names like .swiss, .shop, .expert.

Not affected by this rule are all country domains like .ch, .li, .de, .eu, etc.

The most important changes are:

  • In the official WHOIS databases, information about the name, address, telephone number, fax number and the email address of the owner of a domain are no longer published.
  • During a transfer, transfer confirmation e-mails will no longer be sent (FOA – Form of Authorization). The transfer period of about 5 days remains (cancellation period for the losing registrar).

Due to the omission of the transfer confirmation e-mails, the transfer lock was activated to protect the domains from unauthorized transfers in all affected domains.

If you would like to transfer your domain to another registrar, you must order the suspension of the transfer ban from our help desk. Please use the following link:

-> Request to lift transfer lock

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Helpdesk:

Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 11:45 and 13:00 to 17:00.