[Gnso-epdp-team] Questions regarding disclosure risks

Sarah Wyld swyld at tucows.com
Wed Sep 18 19:17:35 UTC 2019

Hello all,

During the recent EPDP face-to-face meetings in Los Angeles, several
members of the working group expressed a desire to position ICANN as the
responding party to requests for disclosure of non-public registration

In order to fulfill this request, one of two things must be true. Either:

 1. ICANN Org maintains a current (<24 hours) copy of the entire RDS
    database; or
 2. ICANN has some mechanism (contract clause) to compel the Contracted
    Party to disclose the data to ICANN or the requestor

These potential scenarios raise the following questions:

 1. In the first scenario, does ICANN accept the legal risks and
    operational costs of maintaining its own replica of all RDS data for
    gTLDs? If not, how would those risks and costs be addressed?
 2. In the second scenario, will ICANN “relay” disclosed data between
    the requestor and the Registry/Registrar?
 3. What should be done in situations where ICANN instructs the
    Registry/Registrar to disclose data (either to ICANN or the
    requestor), but the contracted party has determined that the request
    is not legitimate and refuses? Is this matter referred to ICANN

Thank you,

Sarah Wyld
Domains Product Team
+1.416 535 0123 Ext. 1392


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