/ Data protection

On May 25, 2018 the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect. This requires amandments in the WHOIS policy for .at domains: From mid-May 2018, nic.at will only display domain data of legal persons in the public WHOIS.


Data of private individuals will not be published anymore

The GDPR defines different protection requirements for natural persons' and legal persons' data. nic.at will implement this distinction in the public WHOIS database: In future the data shown for domains owned by natural persons will only include the domain name, the registrar responsible and necessary technical information. This regulation also counts for data of the technical contact person (Tech-C): If it is a natural person, data will not be published. Therefore we recommend using roles (like hostmaster) or departments (like customer service) for technical domain contacts.

However, if a private individual wants their data to be displayed, this is possible upon request. The relevant criteria for publication is the "type" information in the person handle the registrar or domain holder is submitting when registering or changing a domain. 
If a company or organisation owns the domain, the holder’s name and address will still be published, although contact data like e-mail address, telephone and fax number can be hidden upon request. 

Admin-C is going to be abolished

The domain holder is the only person having rights and obligations with regard to his .at domain. Therefore the administrational contact person "Admin-C" becomes obsolete and will not be needed for domain registrations any longer. Existing Admin-C data will not be published anymore and will be deleted by nic.at.

Information on private domain holders only for legally justified reasons

In future, natural persons’ domain data will only be accessible to people who identify themselves and have a legitimate legal reason for finding out who the domain holder is. This includes law enforcement agencies, lawyers or people who contact nic.at following domain disputes and can prove that their rights have been infringed. 

Data check for private domain holders

If a private individual owning a .at domain wants to check his data, there will be a mechanism on the nic.at website to have the data sent to the e-mail address stored in the domain data.