Privacy and disclosure of non-public registration data
We publish the following information about your domain name(s). We do this by responding to specific queries made to us, such as through this website or via the standard 'WHOIS' protocol
The following information will be available to all inquirers world-wide, including those from outside the EU and EEA.
Registrant (if company or organisation)
Since May 2019, when no organisation name has been supplied in the registration data, the WHOIS output will ony show the identity of the registrant as "not available", respecting the privacy of natural persons who are domain name registrants. If you are a registrant and you need your name, or the name of your company or other legal person to be displayed in the WHOIS output, you should update the contents of the 'Organisation' field accordingly.
We do not normally disclose information to third parties except in the the following circumstances:
(a) to a third party who is recorded on the Register as being an authorised contact; or
(b) to other enquirers who have legitimate reason/lawful excuse for receiving such information.
This includes law enforcement personnel as well as parties to a civil dispute who may need information for the purpose of pursuing or defending a legal Claim, including, but not limited to, intellectual property claims, and/or domain name disputes.
If you are a registrant you agree to such disclosures as part of your Registration Agreement. Where information is 'personal information' (as lawyers use that term), European Data Protection standards, which have been implemented in equivalent local legislation in both Bailiwicks, apply.
Applicable Law exempts personal information from the non-disclosure principle when it is processed for any of the following purposes:
- prevention or detection of crime
- apprehension or prosecution of offenders, or
- assessment or collection of any tax or duty or of any imposition of a similar nature.
Notes for Law Enforcement, and Third Part Legal Representatives
The Data Protection Law does not restrict the geographic scope of disclosures made under the Crime and Taxation exemption. This Exemption is an enabling provision, however, and is not a mandatory requirement on Data Controllers. Nonetheless our approach will always be to extend every reasonable assistance to recognised, legitimate inquirers no matter where you are located, within the Law. What this means in practice is that inquiries from constabularies/police forces/gardai and solicitors/advocates in any of the British Islands and the Republic of Ireland may be answered without undue formality, as well as -- subject to satisfactory evidence of the inquirers identity and authority-- similar inquiries from elsewhere in the EU/EEA/Switzerland, the British Commonwealth or the United States. Inquiries from other countries will be dealt with on their merits.
In all cases, we reserve the right in appropriate cases to require a production order issued locally under Mutual Assistance or Order of Court in local jurisdiction. All inquiries will be responded to promptly. Please see the 'Contact' tab, above.