[council] FYI: Whois Funnel Request: Telnic application to change its Whois service obligations

Maria Farrell maria.farrell at icann.org
Fri May 11 15:06:22 UTC 2007

 Dear Council members,


Please be advised that ICANN has received an application for evaluation of
new registry services regarding Whois from Telnic, the operator of the .tel
registry which is expected to launch later in 2007. 


On 27 April, 2007, ICANN Services staff received an application from Telnic
who requested an alteration to its contract in order to comply with the UK
Data Protection Act (1998), an implementation of the EU Data Protection
Directive (95/46/EC). Telnic has not provided notification of an
investigation, litigation, regulatory proceeding or other compliance action
that might affect its compliance with its agreement with ICANN regarding the
collection, display or distribution of personally identifiable data via
Whois. It has carried out informal consultations with stakeholders and the
UK Information Commissioner.  


This evaluation process is completely separate from the Draft ICANN
Procedure for Handling Whois Conflicts with Privacy Law
m) The draft Procedure was developed by the GNSO Council in November 2005
and adopted by the ICANN Board in May 2006. The ICANN staff developed an
implementation draft of the procedure and invited public comments (December
2006 - January 2007) on it. The procedure will be finalised pending any
input from the Government Advisory Committee. 


The Telnic request is at step 2.4, 'Preliminary Determination', of the
Registry Services Request process. (Process diagram here:
http://www.icann.org/registries/rsep/workflow.html, process policy here;
http://www.icann.org/registries/rsep/rsep.html) The process has not
identified significant security or stability issues or competition issues
that might bar the implementation of the new registry service. 


The next step is that the service request will be posted for public comments
and sent to the ICANN Board for a decision on implementation. 


Registry Services Evaluation Process: http://www.icann.org/registries/rsep/ 

Telnic Cover letter:

Telnic Registry Request Service:


Best regards, Maria Farrell



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