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TACO Platform updates

We are very pleased to announce several updates to the Tucows TACO Platform: Finally, we want to share our thinking behind our decision to start billing for TACO requests, which we’ve been doing since May 2021. Disclosure notice to domain owners We’re committed to data protection, privacy, and transparency. We want domain owners to understand […]

Tiered Access update and thoughts on due process

We disclose data through TACO on a regular basis to people who have proven a “legitimate interest” (these are the requirements of GDPR). There is another way, however, to get access to the data that Tucows holds; adequate due process. Recent events in the news have underscored that due process is one of the most […]

Tiered Access update: registration data accuracy, and updated statistics

In the lead-up to ICANN74, we’re back with another set of Tiered Access disclosure request and response statistics. You can jump to the numbers to see how the first few months of 2022 compared to previous years. Since the Registration Data Accuracy Scoping Team is focusing on the topic, we’d like to provide some insight […]

Tiered Access update: refreshed statistics and law enforcement processes

In May 2018, Tucows moved to redact all personal data from the default public Whois in order to comply with the GDPR1 and other data protection laws. Since then, the primary way for third parties to access domain name registration data that we hold is to place a request through our Tiered Access Compliance and Operations (TACO) […]

Tiered Access request review process and updated statistics

It’s been quite some time since our last Tiered Access statistics update. In the interim, we’ve been hard at work managing requests for disclosure of previously public registration data and, before jumping into the numbers, we wanted to share what this work looks like. Our review process Our Tiered Access team reviews each data disclosure […]