Almost no security researchers asking for Whois records – Tucows | Domain Incite
Security researchers are not asking for private Whois records in anywhere near the numbers you might have been led to believe, according to data released this week by Tucows.
The registrar revealed that it received just one request from the security community between September 2020 and the end of August 2021. That’s not even 1% of the total.
Over the same period, the “commercial litigators” category, presumably including intellectual property interests going after suspected cybersquatters, were behind 87% of requests.
About 9% of requests came from law enforcement agencies, Tucows said.
The company said that it disclosed private registrant data in 74% of cases. It denied the requests in 9% of cases. Other requests were incomplete or abandoned.
Tucows has been offering a Tiered Access service for its Whois records since the General Data Protection Regulation came into effect in May 2018. It has received 4,478 requests since then.