DRAFT Procedure for Potential Conflicts between Whois Requirements and Privacy Laws

3 December 2006

ICANN is launching a public comments period on the Procedure for Dealing with Potential Conflicts Between Whois Requirements and Privacy Laws.

Recognising the public policy aspects of this procedure ICANN has written to the Chair of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) seeking GAC advice concerning the draft procedure.

Both the draft procedure and the GAC letter are posted. The public comment period will last from 3 December 2006 to 15 January 2007. After the public comment period, ICANN staff intends revise as appropriate and implement the procedure.

Comments can be sent to whois-laws-comments@icann.org and viewed at http://forum.icann.org/lists/whois-laws-comments/.

The draft procedure was developed by ICANN staff following a GNSO policy recommendation
(http://gnso.icann.org/issues/whois-privacy/council-rpt-18jan06.htm) and the adoption by the ICANN Board of that recommendation
(http://www.icann.org/minutes/minutes-10may06.htm) on 10 May 2006.