ICANN has come under some criticism for failing to ready itself for GDPR. Brian Chappell, Senior Director, Enterprise & Solution Architecture at BeyondTrust, said: “ICANN has been aware that the WHOIS system didn’t even meet the existing Data Protection Regulation for over five years but ignored the need to comply and is now faced with new legislation that carries big teeth. New registrants won’t be anonymous to law enforcement agencies but the transition period will hamper individual investigators until ICANN can provide access for accredited persons to the satisfaction of GDPR. This situation is a shining example of why GDPR cannot be ignored.”