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  • ICANN Files Legal Action in Germany to Preserve WHOIS Data
    on May 25, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 25 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today filed injunction proceedings against EPAG, a Germany-based, ICANN-accredited registrar that is part of the Tucows Group. ICANN has taken this step to ask the court for assistance in interpreting the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in order to protect the data collected in WHOIS. ICANN's "one-sided filing" in Bonn, Germany, seeks a court ruling to ensure the continued collection of all WHOIS data, so that such data remains available to parties demonstrating legitimate purpose to access it, consistent with the GDPR. EPAG recently informed ICANN that when it sells new domain name registrations it would no longer collect administrative and technical contact information, as it believes collection of that data would violate the GDPR rules. ICANN requires that information to be collected, via its contract with EPAG which authorizes it to sell generic top-level domain name registrations. ICANN recently adopted a new Temporary Specification regarding how WHOIS data should be collected and which parts may be published, which ICANN believes is consistent with the GDPR. "We are filing an action in Germany to protect the collection of WHOIS data and to seek further clarification that ICANN may continue to require its collection. It is ICANN's public interest role to coordinate a decentralized global WHOIS for the generic top-level domain system. ICANN contractually requires the collection of data by over 2,500 registrars and registries who help ICANN maintain that global information resource," said John Jeffrey, ICANN's General Counsel and Secretary. "We appreciate that EPAG shared their plans with us when they did, so that we could move quickly to ask the German court for clarity on this important issue. We also appreciate that EPAG has agreed that it will not permanently delete WHOIS data collected, except as consistent with ICANN policy." If EPAG's actions stand, those with legitimate purposes, including security-related purposes, law enforcement, intellectual property rights holders, and other legitimate users of that information may no longer be able to access full WHOIS records. ICANN does not seek to require its contracted parties to violate the law. EPAG's position has identified a disagreement with ICANN and others as to how the GDPR should be interpreted. This lawsuit seeks to clarify that difference in interpretation. In its 17 May 2018 adoption of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, the ICANN Board noted that the global public interest is served by the implementation of a unified policy governing aspects of gTLD registration data when the GDPR goes into effect. "The ICANN org is committed to enforcing our contracts to the fullest extent the law allows and preserving the integrity of the WHOIS system," said ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby. The Temporary Specification, effective today, still requires gTLD registry operators and registrars to collect all registration data. If you submit a WHOIS query for a registration subject to the GDPR, you will only receive "thin" data in return, which includes technical data sufficient to identify the sponsoring registrar, status of the registration, and creation and expiration dates for each registration, but not personal data. Additionally, you will have access to an anonymized email address or a web form to facilitate email communication with the relevant contact for that registration. If you are a third party with legitimate interests in gaining access to the non-public data held by the gTLD registry operator or registrar, there are still ways for you to access that data. You can look up the sponsoring registrar and contact them, and they are obligated to respond to you in a reasonable time. If you do not get a response, ICANN's complaint mechanisms will be available for you to use. If you find individual parties who you believe are not complying with their obligations under this Temporary Specification or their agreements with ICANN, you may contact ICANN's Contractual Compliance Department to file a complaint. ICANN appreciates the ongoing discussions with the European Commission, and WP29, together with all of the ICANN stakeholders. However, ICANN has seen steps taken by some of our contracted parties that violate their contractual agreements with ICANN. Thus, ICANN must file this action now to both prevent permanent harm to the public interest and seek clarification of the laws, as they relate to the integrity of the WHOIS services. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Deadline Extension: Request for Proposal for ccNSO Review
    on May 23, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 23 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has extended its deadline for applicants to respond to its request for proposal for (RFP) for a provider to conduct an independent assessment of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO). The new deadline is Monday 4 June 2018, 16:00 UTC. The objective of this RFP is to identify an independent examiner that can conduct a comprehensive assessment of the ccNSO. This includes, but is not limited to assessments of: Whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure; How effectively the ccNSO fulfils its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO's effectiveness; and The extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups. The review is scheduled to take place from August 2018 through July 2019. For a complete overview and timeline for the RFP, please see here [PDF, 107 KB]. Indications of interest must be emailed to: ccNSOReview-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 4 June 2018, 16:00 UTC using ICANN's sourcing tool. Access to the sourcing tool may be requested via the same email address as above. Background According to the ICANN Bylaws, the ccNSO is responsible for: Developing and recommending to the Board global policies relating to country-code top-level domains; Nurturing consensus across the ccNSO's community, including the name-related activities of ccTLDs; Coordinating with other ICANN Supporting Organizations, committees, and constituencies under ICANN; Nominating individuals to fill Seats 11 and 12 on the Board; and Other responsibilities of the ccNSO as set forth in the Bylaws. For more information about the ccNSO, visit the website. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Register Now: Pre-ICANN62 Policy Webinar – 12 June 2018
    on May 23, 2018 at 7:00 am

    The Policy Development Support Team is pleased to announce two webinar sessions to assist with the community's preparations for the ICANN62 Policy Forum: Pre-ICANN62 Policy Webinar Tuesday, 12 June 2018 10:00 and 19:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) The webinar will run in English with simultaneous Spanish interpretation. The presentation materials will be translated into Spanish, and posted following the Webinar with the recordings of the sessions here. Please register via this form by 11 June 2018! In this 90-minute webinar, the Policy Development Support Team will summarize the key policy activities taking place across the ICANN community. The Team will also answer your questions about ongoing community policy and advisory work and discuss what to expect at the ICANN62Policy Forum. To ensure that your questions about policy activities are addressed during the session, the Policy Team invites you to submit your questions through the registration form or by email to policyinfo@icann.org. To assist with your preparation for this webinar and for ICANN62, the "Pre-ICANN62 Policy Report" and "Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Briefing: ICANN62 Edition" will be published by Tuesday, 5 June 2018. Please be sure to download and review these materials beforehand for helpful background on policy activities and topics that the Policy Development Support Team will cover during the webinar, such as: The cross-community discussions that will take place at ICANN62: Geographic Names at the Top-Level (Work Track 5) Update from the Registration Directory Service-WHOIS2 Review Team General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance, Access to WHOIS and Accreditation The expected Initial Report from the New generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group Presentation of the Final CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 Recommendations The various policy development processes underway in the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) and the Address Supporting Organization (ASO): Retirement of Country Code Top-Level Domains Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs Next steps in relation to Registration Directory Services policy work Curative Rights Protections for International Governmental Organizations and International Non-Governmental Organizations New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Regional Internet Registry policy development activities Advisory Committee activities within the At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) and Security & Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC): Organizational Review of the At-Large community: Next steps, implementation, and ALAC sessions during ICANN62 GDPR and Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover discussions At-Large discussion on new gTLDs and Work Tracks 1-5 Regional At-Large Organization (RALO) Policy Hot Topics GAC discussions on .amazon, IGO protections and 2-character codes at the second level Board-GAC GDPR consultations RSSAC statement on the distinction between RSSAC and Root-Ops (RSSAC033) SSAC work concerning name collisions Other topics of note: Organizational Review of the ASO ccNSO sessions on disaster and recovery and business continuity, ccNSO members meeting sessions, and Tech Day. GAC onboarding initiatives Report from the RSSAC May 2018 Workshop (RSSAC034) To complement this Pre-ICANN62 Policy Webinar, the GNSO Policy Development Support Team will host, with the Council leadership and Policy Development Process (PDP) working group chairs, a GNSO policy-focused webinar on Monday, 18 June 2018 at 21:00 UTC for 90 minutes. This webinar is intended to serve as a replacement for the previously-offered GNSO PDP updates provided during the GNSO weekend sessions and will assist the community in preparing for GNSO policy-related discussions at ICANN62. If you would like to participate in the GNSO Policy Webinar, please register here. The Policy Development Support Team looks forward to helping the ICANN community prepare for ICANN62! About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Deadline Extended: SSAC2 Review Survey for Community Input
    on May 22, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 22 May 2018 – The deadline to take the SSAC2 Survey has been extended until Friday May 25th at 23:59 UTC. Analysis Group, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2), has published a survey for community input. The aim of the survey is to collect input from those who have interacted with SSAC or have suggestions for ways to improve it. Take the survey The survey will close on Friday May 25th at 23:59 UTC. Following the close of the survey, Analysis Group will evaluate responses received along with input received via interviews and other forums as input to its assessment report. The assessment report is expected to be posted for community consultation in July 2018. Background A periodic review of the SSAC is mandated by ICANN Bylaws Section 4.4. The purpose of the review is to determine whether the SSAC has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure and, if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness. The review will also determine if the SSAC is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations, and other stakeholders. Analysis Group was selected to conduct the SSAC2 Review in February 2018. As do all Organizational Reviews, the SSAC2 Review is following a two-phased approach, in which the independent examiner first completes its assessment and then makes recommendations to address the findings noted during the assessment. This approach contributes to more useful and relevant recommendations by providing an opportunity for the community and the independent examiner to discuss what works and what needs improvement before the independent examiner develops recommendations to address the observed situations. Learn more about the SSAC2 Review. About SSAC The SSAC advises the ICANN community and Board on matters relating to the security and integrity of the Internet's naming and address allocation systems. This includes operational, administrative, and registration matters. SSAC engages in ongoing threat assessment and risk analysis of the Internet naming and address allocation services to assess where the principal threats to stability and security lie, and advises the ICANN community accordingly. Learn more about SSAC. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. […]

  • Proposed FY19 Operating Plan and Budget for ICANN Board Adoption Published
    on May 21, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 21 May 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the proposed FY19 Operating Plan and Budget, and Five-Year Operating Plan update, after the review of public comments. In addition, the ICANN organization and Board Finance Committee have approved the Staff Report of Public Comments, which was originally published on 24 April 2018. As indicated in the Staff Report, several changes were approved for incorporation into the proposed documents. The revised documents are posted here, and on the Planning page, with a summary of changes, to ensure visibility and transparency of the final documents sent to the ICANN Board for consideration in its meeting on 30 May 2018. The ICANN org will host a webinar on 24 May at 14:00 UTC where community members can ask questions and learn more about the changes made to the budget. A recording of the webinar will be posted to the community wiki. This year, the Additional Budget Requests were streamlined into the Operating Plan and Budget process. Please see Document 2 [PDF, 621 KB], page 26 to find out what Additional Budget Requests have been approved. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

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