[bc-gnso] RE: .CAT WHOIS Proposed Changes - call for public comments

Elisa Cooper Elisa.Cooper at markmonitor.com
Tue Jan 24 19:34:05 UTC 2012

To summarize the proposed change, the .Cat registry is requesting that provisions are made to WHOIS requirements in order to comply with EU privacy laws. If approved, WHOIS records for companies, businesses, partnerships, non-profit entities, associations, etc. would remain publicly available. However, domain name registrants that are individuals would be given the option to elect whether or not their WHOIS records would be made publicly available.

A similar request was submitted by the .Tel registry in 2007.

In response to the .Tel request, the BC recommended that 1) the request should not be handled as a "proposal for a new registry service" but instead should follow the "ICANN Procedure for Handling WHOIS Conflicts with Privacy Law", and 2) should the proposal not be withdrawn and re-directed as above, ICANN must reject the proposal, as the proposal fails to adequately balance the needs of all stakeholders and affected parties who use the WHOIS.

Regardless of the BC's comments, the .Tel request was ultimately approved.

I assume that our position still stands, and that we believe that this .Cat request should not be handled as a "proposal for a new registry service", and that if it is not treated in that way, that we would ask ICANN to reject the proposal, as not every registrant (even though the majority likely are) is subject to EU law.


Elisa Cooper
Director of Product Marketing

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From: Marilyn Cade [mailto:marilynscade at hotmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2012 8:48 AM
To: Elisa Cooper; bc - GNSO list
Subject: .CAT WHOIS Proposed Changes - call for public comments

Elisa Cooper, the BC WHOIS Rapporteur, or Steve DelBianco, V.Chair, Policy Coordination, may offer additional comments.
The Chair's purpose is to forward to all BC members.

Like all members, I look to our Rapporteur for WHOIS, supported by our Vice Chair, Policy Coordination,  to advise.
However, for any new members, WHOIS is a key priority for BC.

Marilyn Cade, BC Chair

.CAT WHOIS Proposed Changes

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 20 January2012

Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements

Purpose (Brief):
ICANN is opening today the public comment period for the Fundacio puntCAT's, request to change its Whois according to EU data protection legislation. The public comment period will be closed on 3 March 2012.
The .cat registry, submitted a Registry Service Evaluation Process (RSEP) on August 2011.
At this time, ICANN has conducted a preliminary review in accordance with the Registry Services Evaluation Policy and process set forth at http://www.icann.org/registries/rsep/rsep.html. ICANN's preliminary review (based on the information provided) did not identify any significant competition, security, or stability issues.
The implementation of the request requires an amendment to the .cat Registry Agreement signed 23 September 2005. This public forum requests comments regarding the proposed amendment.
Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/cat-whois-changes-18jan12-en.htm

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