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ICANN Webinar: Data Protection/Privacy Activities

LOS ANGELES – 27 Sept. 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") invites you to join us in a webinar on 4 October 2017 from 1400 to 1500 UTC to discuss data protection/privacy activities related to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We also welcome updates on the webinar from the community and community groups on their GDPR related activities. Topics of discussion will include:

  • ICANN's focus with respect to GDPR
  • Recap of recent activities
    • Personal data use matrix
    • Engagement activities
  • Update on legal analysis of matrix data
  • ICANN60 session in Abu Dhabi
  • Community updates on their GDPR activities

In order to facilitate global participation, interpretation services will be available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session. During the course of the webinar, participants may submit questions using the chat function in Adobe Connect. In advance of the webinar, questions may be submitted to We will make every effort to answer the questions during the webinar or in an FAQ document to be circulated after the webinar. Please submit your requests no later than Monday, 2 October. A recording of the webinar will be made available for future reference.

Webinar Details & How to Attend

Date: 4 October 2017

Time: 1400 – 1500 UTC

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Participant Codes:

English – Participant Code: 9001
Français – Participant Code: 9002
Español – Participant Code: 9003
中文 – Participant Code: 9004
Pусский – Participant Code: 9005
العربية – Participant Code: 9006
Português – Participant Code: 9007


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.

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