The current system in place requires Law Enforcement to have warrants or legal grounds in order for them to obtain the Whois information for a privacy-protected domain. If they get access to the gated Whois, does this mean that they can access this information without having to provide proof of legal grounds to get the data?
Access to the gated Whois will only reveal information which was, prior to May 25, 2018, public. It will not reveal the Whois information for privacy-protected domains. In fact, the Whois output for privacy-protected domains will be the same in both the public and gated Whois, and we will continue to require a court order or other legal documentation for access to this information, as we do today.