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Update on the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) Profile

3 August 2018
By Cyrus Namazi

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I am pleased to report that the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) pilot discussion group has submitted their proposed profile to the ICANN organization, which follows the requirements of the Temporary Specification for gTLD registration data. RDAP delivers registration data much like WHOIS, but its implementation will help standardize registration data access and query response formats. Moreover, RDAP provides native support for Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), and more importantly, the ability to provide a uniform and robust platform for layered access to registration data for legitimate users.

In addition, the discussion group for RDAP service level agreements (SLA) and reporting requirements is finalizing their proposed specification, which we expect to receive in mid-August.  

The ICANN org plans to review and publish the proposed profile, SLA, and reporting requirements for public comment in the second half of August. I’ll be issuing a new blog once that occurs. Concurrently, we’ll be updating our ICANN RDAP resources page with additional information and collateral for RDAP implementers and users.

As a reminder, all gTLD registries and registrars will be required to deploy an RDAP service within 135 days upon notice from ICANN. Additional information about this requirement is published in the Temporary Specification, which is now available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, and Russian.

My sincere thanks to the discussion groups and all volunteers who contributed to this important activity!

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