MPAA states that it is in interest of consumers for WHOIS data to be public

Recently, the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration requested public comments on how to improve consumer privacy, especially in regard to online platforms. The Motion Pictures Association of America’s (MPAA) comments, addressed the burning issue of WHOIS records and protection of privacy in line with the GDPR. The MPAA once again emphasised the concerns of many copyright holders due to hiding WHOIS details. The association stated that such an approach is disabling law enforcement, as well as copyright holders in detecting and preventing various types of crimes online The MPAA also stated that public WHOIS data is important for the very protection of consumers. The organisation believes that this information needs to be public in order to enable consumers to verify website information, so they can see if they can trust websites.