[AFRI-Discuss] Call for comments

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Thu Jul 12 23:35:31 UTC 2018

As I hope you are all aware, due to the European General Data 
Protection Regulations (GDPR), access to some gTLD Domain Name 
registrant information (WHOIS) is being restricted. Traditionally, 
for a registrant who did not use a proxy service a WHOIS Query would 
reveal their full name, address, phone number and e-mail address. If 
you do a lookup for one of my addresses today you will see almost 
nothing! Try looking up alangreenberg.org at https://whois.icann.org.

This increases privacy for some registrants and also makes 
information harder to access for those who currently use WHOIS.

There are serious monetary fines associated with GDPR, so compliance 
is important.

In addressing the new regulations, there has been a lot of discussion 
within ICANN over the last year. A GNSO Policy Development Process 
(PDP) started about 2 years ago which should have provided a new 
system (now called a Registration Directory Service (RDS) instead of 
WHOIS), but unfortunately that process has not completed in sufficient time.

As a result, to meet the GDPR deadline of 25 May 2018, the ICANN 
Board implemented a Temporary Specification Policy to allow us and 
our contracted parties (Registrars and Registries) to be 
GDPR-compliant. That temporary policy must be replaced by a permanent 
one within one year - a VERY short time for ICANN policy development.

The GNSO is starting an Expedited PDP which can complete faster than 
a regular PDP. The ALAC is being given two Members in the this group. 
We need to establish what our guiding principles are.

Please visit https://community.icann.org/x/_YlHBQ, read what others 
think, and contribute your thoughts on what positions we should be taking.


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