Tucows, one of the world's leading registries, has submitted its request statistics for the disclosure of Whois data. Since last May, the company has hidden the contacts and personal data of its registrants in the Whois database in accordance with the GDPR requirements. The GDPR is is still debatable. In particular, access to law enforcement agencies and cyber security researchers is widely discussed in order to combat the illegal use of domain names. Statistics from Tucows provide a clear picture of who is most interested in registrant data.
Since May 2018, Tucows has received 2,100 requests for the disclosure of data, with only 1 percent from cyber security researchers and 2 percent from law enforcement agencies, while 92 percent are from "commercial interests." Of this 92 percent, 76 percent were sent by Facebook. This means that Facebook and its proxy AppDetex make up 65 percent of all requests for the disclosure of Tucows ' personal data which is requested to it. AppDetex has developed a special tool that enables it or its customers to send Whois requests semi-automatically to registrars whose domain names may be similar to Facebook trademarks. At least 9,000 such automatic requests were sent between June and October, according to Domain Incite.
Tucows is one of the opposing companies. Its representatives believe (and reasonably so) that this makes it more difficult for registries to work, since most of these automatic requests are groundless. It is also ironic that Facebook shows so much interest in other people's personal data, while it has been found it handles the data of its users loosely.