Use the WHOIS tool to find out whether your invented domain name is available or registered. If the domain name you want is already taken, the WHOIS tool will provide domain suffix alternatives that you can register immediately. Below, in the FAQ section, you’ll find more useful information about the WHOIS tool.
The data submitted during registration (name, surname and other contact information) are transferred to the register and included in the register database. This database is called WHOIS.
Depending on whether the individual is a natural or legal person as well as on a domain suffix, the following information may be made public: domain owner’s name, contact information, order and expiration date, domain status and registrar, and name servers. In some cases, the owner’s address may be disclosed, such as when registering a .co.uk domain. For more information about the most popular domains in Lithuania, read the article of Vytenis.
Most domain registrars provide a security service of the domain information. That is, the domain owner can decide whether to submit public domain data to the extent permitted by the central registry regulation and state law. For example, .lt domain information is displayed in accordance with Lithuanian personal data protection laws. Also, the information of registered .lt domains of legal entities is more detailed than that of registered natural persons according to the registry regulation.
Based on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), WHOIS protection services are no longer needed, as all personal data are hidden under this Regulation.
Each country’s registry has restricted the display of its WHOIS data under its own laws. For example, the Lithuanian register of .LT domains complies with the Lithuanian laws. Therefore after the entry into force of the GDPR, the data of individuals are automatically hidden, but the data of legal entities are displayed.
All our registered international domains (such as .COM, .NET, .ONLINE, etc.) have WHOIS protection automatically enabled. So the WHOIS information for these domains will not show the owner’s data, whether or not it is a natural or legal person.
There are a few possible options. In her article, Lina explains in detail what to do when the desired domain is already occupied.