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Published on 28 Nov 2023.

Is your inbox also full of emails from all sorts of companies regarding privacy statements and adjustments following the insertion of the GDPR law? Even WHOIS, the protocol that searches for domain names and contact details, has had to make adjustments to comply with the GDPR law.

As a reminder, GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. This regulation comes into force from May 25. The aim of the law is to give Internet users more information and control over the data they share online.

Explore our blog posts on GDPR and theimpact of GDPR on your SME for more information.


WHOIS is a protocol for finding the names and contact details of domain name owners. This protocol is essential for domain name services (DNS) and is widely used to determine whether a particular domain is available or to associate a company, organization or person with a domain name.

As such, since GDPR came into force on May 25, 2018, this personal data can no longer simply be displayed online.

Changes for private .be domain names

Only the e-mail address and selected languages will be visible when performing a WHOIS search for private .be domains. From now on, WHOIS will never display personal data. To enable anyone to contact a private domain holder, will place a contact form on its website which will help to contact the domain name holder.

Changes for .be domain names held by a legal entity (company)

Organization details will remain visible during a WHOIS search, with the exception of the name field (containing the individual name), which will no longer be displayed in the search results. This change also applies to .vlaanderen and .brussels domain names.

Want to know if your domain name is still available? Or register a domain name. You can do so via the Kinamo website for over 250 international domain name extensions.

And, in case you were wondering, Kinamo has also updated its privacy policy.


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