The Whois registry is a vestige of a bygone era. Back in the days when we could all trust each other, it was a public register of who had registered a domain and some basic contact details. But over the years it has been abused by spammers and others. ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the overseer of DNS and the Whois registry has been working with the European Union's Data Protection Working Party but won't have a solution in place the makes Whois compliant with the GDPR.