EU General Data Protection Regulation

Preparing for GDPR

Processing your personal information comes with significant responsibilities on our part, and we want our customers to know that we take those responsibilities very seriously.

On 25 May 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation, known as GDPR, will be enforced.

This regulation gives individuals greater control over their personal information, and requires companies to clearly explain how they use this personal information.

GDPR Preparations

We began our preparations for GDPR in July 2017.

Since then, we have monitored and participated in international discussions on the impact of GDPR on the domain name industry.

We have also been working with our lawyers and the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner to ensure that the .ie namespace is fully GDPR-compliant.

.ie Policy Changes

The multi-stakeholder .ie Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) recently reviewed the proposed GDPR-related policy changes at the PAC #15 meeting.

There was a broad consensus of PAC members on the changes to the .ie Privacy Policy, the WHOIS Policy and the introduction of a new Data Retention Policy.

These policy changes will come into effect on 24 May 2018 and will be available on our Policy page. In the meantime, you can view the policies on our Policy Development page.

Legal Agreements

Changes are also being made to the contractual agreements between us and .ie Registrants. These updated Registrant Terms and Conditions will come into effect on 25 May 2018 and will be available here.

We are currently working with the accredited .ie Registrar channel to ensure that they are prepared for GDPR. Revised contractual arrangements will reflect the interdependent roles of accredited .ie Registrars, our channel partners and the registry in data privacy and data protection.


If you want to learn more about GDPR, we suggest you visit

Further helpful resources are also available on the UK Information Commissioner’s Office website.

If you have any questions regarding the changes to .ie Policies, please contact us.

EU - General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)