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ICANN Contractual Compliance Publishes Data Protection/Privacy Statement

2 November 2017

LOS ANGELES – 2 November 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") today announced that it published a statement regarding the ability of registries and registrars to comply with their WHOIS and other contractual requirements related to domain name registration data in light of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Detailed guidance regarding the process and eligibility requirements will be provided shortly. View the statement here. Additional information on the ICANN org's data protection/privacy activities is published here.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.