[council] Fwd: [So-ac-sg-cleaders] Chair's Blog: Approving the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data and Next Steps - ICANN

Heather Forrest haforrestesq at gmail.com
Fri May 18 05:22:17 UTC 2018

Dear Council colleagues,

Forwarding the link to the blog on the approval of the temporary

Best wishes,


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From: David Olive <david.olive at icann.org>
Date: Fri, May 18, 2018 at 1:28 PM
Subject: [So-ac-sg-cleaders] Chair's Blog: Approving the Temporary
Specification for gTLD Registration Data and Next Steps - ICANN
To: "so-ac-sg-cleaders at icann.org" <so-ac-sg-cleaders at icann.org>


Chair's Blog: Approving the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration
Data and Next Steps Chair's Blog: Approving the Temporary Specification for
gTLDRegistration Data and Next Steps
[image: Approving gtld registration data specs 750x425 17may18 en]

The ICANN Board's approval today of
<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2018-05-17-en> the proposed "Temporary
Specification for gTLDRegistration Data
<https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/gtld-registration-data-specs-en>" is
an important step towards bringing ICANN and its contracted parties into
compliance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation
(GDPR). The Board took this action so that ICANN and its contracted parties
may remain in compliance with both existing contractual requirements and
community-developed policies as they relate to WHOIS.

The adoption of this Temporary Specification is a major and historic
milestone as we work toward identifying a permanent solution. The ICANN org
and community have been closely working together to develop this interim
model ahead of the GDPR's 25 May 2018 enforcement deadline, and the Board
believes that this is the right path to take.

WHOIS is an important system, and preserving it allows it to continue to
act as a key tool in the ongoing fight against cybercrime, malicious
actors, intellectual property infringement, and more. This Temporary
Specification, which is based on the Proposed Interim Compliance Model
922 KB], aims to prevent fragmentation of WHOIS and ensure that WHOIS continues
to be available, to the greatest extent possible. ICANN's role in providing
the technical coordination of the globally distributed WHOISsystem is a
unique matter, including the public interest nature of WHOIS.

In my previous post
I provided the background into how the Board reorganized its Vancouver
Workshop to dedicate a significant amount of time, and effort to review and
discuss the proposed Temporary Specification, This extra time was also an
important opportunity for us to have ICANNorg answer our questions and
discuss the potential risks that could accompany either no action or
adoption of a proposed Temporary Specification.

Above all, ICANN's mission, as laid out in the bylaws
<https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/governance/bylaws-en>, is to
preserve the Internet's system of unique identifiers. We believe that this
Temporary Specification strikes the right balance between upholding that
mission and bringing the org and its contracted parties into compliance
with this law.

As with the requirements of a temporary policy, if still needed, the Board
will reconvene in 90 days to reaffirm its adoption. Until that time, I
encourage you to submit your thoughts to gdpr at icann.org. And I invite you
to visit the dedicated Data Protection/Privacy
<https://www.icann.org/dataprotectionprivacy> page to follow the latest

Finally, I want to thank the community, ICANNorg and the Board for their
hard work over the past year in getting us to this place. While I recognize
there are important elements remaining to be finalized, the adoption of
this Temporary Specification today is a first step, and it sets us on the
right path to maintaining WHOIS in the public interest, while complying
with GDPR.

Sent from my iPhone

David A. Olive
Senior Vice President
Policy Development Support
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

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