[Gnso-ppsai-pdp-wg] Company Disclosures - Irish Case

Michele Neylon - Blacknight michele at blacknight.com
Tue Aug 18 12:24:22 UTC 2015

One of the arguments some people put forward against privacy / proxy is one of “transparency”

Under Irish law limited companies (not businesses / sole traders) have disclosure obligations on their website(s)
These do NOT apply to whois

“Every limited liability company which has a website is also required to display either on its homepage or to be identified on its homepage, a readily accessible webpage on which the following appear:

the name and legal form of the company
the place of registration of the company and the number with which it is registered
the address of the registered office of the company
in the case of a company exempt from the obligation to use the company type (Companies Limited by Guarantee/Designated Activity Companies) as part of its name, the fact that it is such a company.
in the case of a company which is being wound up, the fact that it is being wound up
if the share capital of a company is mentioned on the website, the reference must be to the paid-up share capital"

And https://www.cro.ie/Registration/Company/Incidental-Obligations/Letterheads

So you will find Irish companies that are using proxy / privacy on the whois but who publish all their contact details on their website(s)

You’ll also notice that many of the European registrars (myself included) have our company details in our email signatures - whereas most Non-EU based companies don’t ….



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