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Things You Need to Know about DENIC's Domain Query

As of 25 May 2018 the data output of DENIC's Domain Query will change as follows:

Information available to the general public


Only the following information can be accessed via the Domain Query:

  • The status of the domain, i.e. registered/unregistered;
  • The technical data of the domain, and
  • Two e-mail addresses for contact purposes:

    • General Request
      (This is the e-mail address to which you can send general and technical requests concerning the domain.)
    • Abuse
      (This is the e-mail address to which you can send enquiries and information about possible unlawful or improper use of the domain.)

Information for Domain Holders

If you are the holder of a domain, you can request all related data registered in the DENIC database via the Domain Query.

Access to Domain Holder Data for Third Parties

The nature and extent of the domain data that is made available via the domain query is restricted. The data of the domain holder will no longer be displayed.

In compliance with its legal obligations, DENIC will provide information about the domain holder to

  • Public authorities acting within the framework of their public powers (including law enforcement, hazard prevention or seizing orders).

DENIC will also disclose the holder data, on the basis of case-by-case assessments and upon submission of evidence of a legitimate interest, to

  • Parties who own a right to a name or trademark that may be infringed by the domain, or
  • Claimants who have obtained an enforceable title against the domain holder and seek judicial seizure of the domain holder's claims defined in the domain contract, under civil law, or
  • Insolvency administrators for the assets of an (alleged) domain holder.

In order to facilitate submitting such information requests, we have compiled appropriate forms and further information for you.

In all other cases, DENIC will normally not provide any information.

Background Information

With the changes to the data output via its Domain Query lookup service, DENIC implements the provisions of the European General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) becoming applicable from 25 May 2018, which regulate the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data. These amendments were mainly determined by the principle of data economy.

Those data relating to the technical contact and zone administrator (Tech-C, Zone-C) as well as to the administrative contact (Admin-C) previously output via the Domain Query are no longer recorded and consequently not displayed anymore.

The two e-mail addresses (for General Request and Abuse) recorded in addition to the domain holder data are non-personalised addresses. They are under the registrar's responsibility.

DENIC continues recording and publishing such technical data, including name server or DNS key information, that is needed to establish the functionality of the domain.

DENIC public-whois

Next to the domain query service, DENIC offers a command-line-based public whois, which can be used to query the technical data of a .de domain via port 43.