[GNSO-Accuracy-ST] Description of current accuracy requirements and enforcements - staff support team suggestion

Volker Greimann volker.greimann at centralnic.com
Tue Mar 15 14:26:35 UTC 2022

Dear  Caitlin, Berry and Marika,

Thank you for your helpful approach. I support the approach of defining the
current requirements as the baseline for our discussions. I agree that
settling this matter will allow us to move forward.


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On Tue, Mar 15, 2022 at 3:10 PM Marika Konings <marika.konings at icann.org>

> Dear All,
> Based on the discussions to date, the staff support team would like to put
> forward a suggestion in the hope that this conversation around the ‘working
> definition’ can be considered complete for now so that the group can focus
> on other pertinent issues. As we have explained previously, our
> understanding of the reference to a ‘working definition’ as part of
> assignment #1 was to ensure that whenever there would be a reference to
> ‘accuracy requirements’, there would be a common understanding of what
> these entail today. That does NOT preclude future discussion and/or
> consideration of what these should be, but that conversation needs to be
> informed by the findings of assignment #1 and #2. As such, we would like to
> propose the following:
> Instead of using the term ‘working definition’ which has led to confusion,
> the Accuracy Scoping Team instead confirms that the following is its
> understanding of CURRENT accuracy requirements and enforcements. This
> understanding does not preclude in any way possible changes to these
> requirements and enforcement in the future based on the work of the scoping
> team and/or subsequent efforts.
> *Accuracy under the current requirements, as spelled out in the Registrar
> Accreditation Agreement (RAA) as well as Consensus Policies, is understood
> as **syntactic accuracy of the registration data elements provided by the
> Registered Name Holder or Account Holder as well as the operational
> accuracy of either the telephone number or the email address.*
> *To be determined to be syntactically accurate, the contact must satisfy
> all requirements for validity (see Whois Accuracy Program Specification
> Sections 1b-d). For example, for email addresses all characters must be
> permissible, the “@” symbol is required, and there must be characters
> before the “@” symbol.*
> *To be determined to be operably accurate, the contact must be operable as
> defined in the Whois Accuracy Program Specification Section f. The RAA
> currently requires validation of syntactical accuracy and verification of
> operational accuracy including an affirmative response from the Registered
> Name Holder for either email or phone.*
> *In addition**, upon notification of an alleged inaccuracy or if the
> Registrar learns of inaccurate contact information, the **Registrar must
> take reasonable steps to investigate that claimed inaccuracy** and
> correct inaccuracy**. **Additional verification procedures apply if the
> registrar has any information suggesting that contact information is
> incorrect. If a Registered Name Holder willfully provides inaccurate or
> unreliable registration data information, the registrar will take
> additional action to terminate, suspend or place a registration on hold. *
> *Furthermore, in addition to the requirements in the RAA and Consensus
> Policies, a number of Registry Agreements also contain some specific
> requirements in relation to accuracy that apply to that specific TLD, such
> as, for example, .AERO, .BANK or any spec 13 Registry operator (see for
> further details
> https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/agb/base-agreement-contracting/specification-13-applications
> <https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/agb/base-agreement-contracting/specification-13-applications>)*.
> Again, agreeing on this description of what is currently required and
> enforced, does not preclude a conversation about what the different parties
> think it should evolve to (or not) based on data that is gathered as part
> of assignment #2, but that conversation needs to be informed by that data
> in order to be productive.
> We hope this is helpful. We look forward to receiving your feedback.
> Caitlin, Berry and Marika
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