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Data Protection/Privacy Issues Update: Discussion with Article 29 Working Party

29 March 2018
By Göran Marby


I want to provide you with an update on our most recent discussions with the Article 29 Working Party regarding the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its impact on the collection, retention and publication of domain name registration data and the WHOIS system. Today we had a good conversation with representatives from the technology subgroup of the Article 29 Working Party on these points.

Our discussion today focused on a follow up from our previous calls, and to make ICANN org available to answer questions on ICANN's Proposed Interim Compliance Model [PDF, 922 KB] (the "Cookbook"). We outlined the steps we had taken subsequent to the last call and highlighted the continued collection of additional inputs from our community.

We also discussed the timing and next steps for obtaining advice for ICANN and its contracted parties. We heard clearly from the representatives that they understood the issues relating to the ICANN/WHOIS space and are evaluating how to provide advice from the Article 29 Working Party.

Based upon the conversation, we anticipate that ICANN and the WHOIS system will be on the upcoming Article 29 plenary's agenda for 10-11 April 2018. It was clear from the interaction that we have a common aim of seeking additional clarity around how the law will apply to ICANN, our community, and the WHOIS.

We look forward to receiving advice following the plenary, which we may rely on to complete the model, and are hopeful that we will also be provided with a moratorium on enforcement that would allow sufficient time to implement the model and build the appropriate accreditation system.

We urge you to continue following our Data Protection/Privacy Issues page for the latest updates and share your thoughts at gdpr@icann.org.


Göran Marby

Göran Marby

Former President & CEO