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Public Comment Period Extended: Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team Draft Report of Recommendations

LOS ANGELES – 6 November 2018 – The deadline to submit comments on the Draft Report [PDF, 1.97 MB] of the Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team has been extended until Monday 18 November 23:59 UTC.

Comment on the draft report.

The RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team published its draft report and recommendations for public comment on 4 September 2018. The review team has been assessing the extent to which prior registration directory service review recommendations have been implemented and whether or not implementation has resulted in the intended effect. The review team is also assessing the effectiveness of the then current gTLD registry directory service and whether its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement, promotes consumer trust and safeguards registrant data. Informed by ICANN organization briefings and available documentation, the review team has formulated draft recommendations based on a factual analysis. This public comment proceeding aims at gathering community input on the RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team's proposed draft findings and recommendations.

The RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team aims to publish its final report during the first quarter of 2019.

Additional Resources

Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team Draft Report [PDF, 1.97 MB]

Executive Summary [PDF, 285 KB]

  • AR [PDF, 264 KB]
  • ES [PDF, 212 KB]
  • FR [PDF, 183 KB]
  • RU [PDF, 277 KB]
  • ZH [PDF, 323 KB]

Listen to the RDS-WHOIS2 Review engagement session at ICANN63 for more information on their findings and recommendations. See here for details and recordings.

Listen to the RDS-WHOIS2 Review webinars on the Draft Report. See here for details.


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