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Restricting Web Domain Ownership Data: While the GDPR is a boon for privacy, its restrictions on personal data access can hinder law enforcement’s ability to find intellectual property thieves. When it comes to looking up ownership rights to web domain names in order to combat infringement, EU law enforcement may hit a roadblock. Access to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) WHOIS database is restricted. In light of this problem, some in the IP community have suggested creating an accreditation program for web domain owners to help law enforcement better manage infringement cases. But it’s still an open question about how this problem will ultimately be solved.

Elephants may never forget, but they still got nothing on Google—and thanks to a recent opinion rendered by Europe’s top court, that may not be changing any time soon.

An advocate general in the European Court of Justice opined that Google should not be mandated to extend the right to be forgotten to users outside the European Union, meaning that the search engine wouldn’t have to honor a request from, say, John Doe of New Jersey to have his email address removed from the results pool.

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Frank Ready

Frank Ready is a reporter on the tech desk at ALM Media. He can be reached at fready@alm.com.

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