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ICANN Responds to Call for Evidence on EU Toolbox Against Counterfeiting

11 April 2022

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that on 6 April 2022 the ICANN organization (ICANN org) provided feedback to the Call for Evidence launched by the European Commission (EC) on the European Union's (EU) Toolbox Against Counterfeiting. The EU Toolbox Against Counterfeiting is part of the EC's Intellectual Property (IP) Action Plan. The initiative seeks to step up the fight against counterfeiting by clarifying the roles and responsibilities of rights holders, intermediaries, and public authorities with respect to mutual cooperation and data sharing. It is especially aimed at enhancing cooperation between parties. Intermediaries are identified as social media platforms, the domain name ecosystem, payment services, and the transport and logistics industries.

As well as providing background on ICANN's mission and remit, the contribution to the Call for Evidence focused on explaining ICANN's role in making and enforcing policies that apply globally to the Domain Name System (DNS). In particular, ICANN contributed to feedback on policies related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and providing information on gTLD policies relevant to intellectual property holders, such as the gTLD domain name dispute-resolution mechanisms or the domain name registration data policies. Finally, the contribution included information on ICANN org's DNS abuse mitigation tools, such as the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting System (DAAR) and the Domain Name Security Threat Information Collection and Reporting (DNSTICR) program, as well as on ICANN org's engagement with law enforcement, other public safety agencies, and collaboration with the cybersecurity community.

ICANN org thanks the EC for the flexibility to receive its feedback after the formal closure of the Call for Evidence feedback period, which was 3 March 2022. ICANN org's feedback can be found here. All other contributions to the Call for Evidence that were submitted within the feedback period are available on the call's website.

About ICANN

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 nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.