[GNSO-Accuracy-ST] ICANN Org Memo on the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System (ARS)

Volker Greimann volker.greimann at centralnic.com
Thu Jan 20 16:04:21 UTC 2022

Thank you, Brian. I for one never realized how much the ARS actually cost.
Seems to me we could already afford half an SSAD from what ICANN has saved
since the introduction of GDPR ;-)

Reading the report again, I note the immense positive impact on whois
accuracy the 2013 RRA had:

*Regarding findings of the reports, the ARS found in its Cycle 6 Report
(June 2018), for example, that approximately 94 percent of email addresses,
60 percent of telephone numbers, and 99percent of postal addresses were
found to be operable (e.g., accurate such that the email address or phone
numbers are operational) for all three contacts (administrative, technical,
andregistrant), according to the requirements of the 2013 RAA.*"

Susan and Alan will remember that we looked at that data with the Whois
review team as well and also noted the positive trend towards stronger
accuracy clearly visible by comparing successive Cycle results. While the
lack of data makes this difficult to prove, it stands to reason that this
trend has continued for the past four years, especially given the fact that
the data is now hidden by default and therefore a large part of the reason
why people would provide inaccurate data has fallen by the wayside (who in
their right mind would _want_ their phone number to be publicly
available?). We should also note that part of the reason why many phone
numbers were considered inaccurate was because they simply used the wrong
format as the domains were registered at a time when no format requirement
was in place and people just used their local way of writing phone numbers.

+49.555123456 would be correct, but: 0049(0)555123456, 0049-555123456 and
similar way of writing that very same number would not be even though these
are also commonly used methods to write a phone number.

Volker A. Greimann
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On Wed, Jan 19, 2022 at 11:20 PM Brian Gutterman <brian.gutterman at icann.org>

> Dear Michael and members of the Data Accuracy Scoping Team,
> Kindly find attached a memo from Org on the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting
> System (ARS) with up-to-date/supplemental information and thinking from the
> Org on ARS background, issues and potential future studies. This memo was
> produced by colleagues from the Org Global Domain and Strategy team led by @Karen
> Lentz <karen.lentz at icann.org> and @Jared Erwin <jared.erwin at icann.org>
> who are included here in cc.
> We hope this memo is useful in our ongoing discussions around the ARS and
> other related issues and stand ready to answer follow-up questions and join
> future discussions on these topics as they arise moving forward.
> Best,
> Brian
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