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Whalebone Joins the European DNS Resolver Policy Initiative

Whalebone has become one of the first companies to endorse the European DNS Resolver Policy, after having collaborated on its creation. We are firm believers that protection of personal data of internet users is a crucial and important task that needs to be dealt with properly at all times.

The policy, formulated by experts from across the technology and telecoms sectors, was launched to protect personal data. It has been designed to ensure that companies have clear privacy and transparency policies that are easily accessible, setting out how any personal data is used and whether it is exploited commercially.At this point, eight companies from all over the world have joined the initiative. Further organizations are expected to confirm their support for the initiative in due course. The Domain Name Service (DNS) is a critical but little-known part of the Internet infrastructure outside of the technical community. It is used to translate website names into the associated Internet Protocol (IP) addresses that allow computers to locate the right content on the internet.Richard Malovič, CEO of Whalebone, said: “The European DNS Resolver Policy will provide users with reassurance that their privacy is being respected and their personal data isn’t being abused.”Many tasks undertaken by computers make use of the DNS, potentially allowing the companies that operate the system to track users’ activities on the Internet without their knowledge. The new European Resolver Policy lays out clear standards for the operators of such systems, setting expectations regarding the collection, use and retention of personal data. It also encourages companies to protect users from malicious content and to allow them to be able to opt in or out of tools such as parental controls that limit access to certain data.The policy’s lead author, Andrew Campling, director of 419 Consulting, said: “Having worked with a wide range of organizations across Europe and North America to develop the policy, I’m gratified to see organizations confirm their commitment to put it into practice.”

A key distinction of the new policy is that it makes direct reference to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as well as to national legislation. The policy is designed to apply to both standard and encrypted DNS, including the recently introduced DNS-over-HTTPS (“DoH”) protocol.We are glad we can once again be at the helm of innovation. Whalebone is all about protecting internet users, mostly against cybersecurity threats. Making sure their privacy is also properly protected is just as important for us.