[Gnso-epdp-team] SSAD as a means of publishing non-personal data

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Thu Apr 22 06:01:12 UTC 2021

There continues to be discussion regarding using the SSAD as a means 
of "publishing" non-personal data.

I believe that this discussion is a distraction that takes focus from 
what we should be working on. I say this for the following reason.

1. The SSAD does not exist, it may never exist, and if the Board does 
approve it, it will likely take several years to implement (remember 
we are 2 years into the implementation of Phase 1, and there is no 
centralized hardware/software to design and implement for that).

2. Although we specified that anyone may be accredited, it is not at 
all clear the amount of time it will take, nor what fee might be 
charged. And unless the system allows accreditation without 
authenticating the identity, this precludes anonymous queries.

3. We specified that the SSAD must be self-funding and that the users 
must pay for its operating costs. Are those in favour of using the 
SSAD for public data publishing proposing fees for such requests, or 
no fees, and if the latter, who will pay for this usage?

4. There are multiple details of Phase 2 Recommendation 8 for 
Contracted Party Authorization that simply make no sense in this 
case, yet are part of the approved policy. And changing that policy 
requires a PDP.

5. There does not seem to be any benefit of routing public-data 
requests through the SSAD with its myriad rules, regulations and 
processes when a vanilla RDAP server will suffice.


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