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ICANN gTLD Registries and Registrars Required to Implement New Interim Registration Data Policy by 20 May 2019

LOS ANGELES – 17 May 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the implementation of the Interim Registration Data Policy for gTLDs which generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries and registrars (contracted parties) must implement by 20 May 2019.

ICANN org implemented the Interim Policy pursuant to the Board of Directors’ 15 May 2019 adoption of recommendations contained in the Final Report of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) developed by the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). The Interim Policy maintains requirements for the contracted parties, as an interim Consensus Policy, from the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, which expires 20 May 2019, pending ICANN org’s implementation of the gTLD Registration Data Policy recommended by the EPDP team.

The ICANN Board accepted 27 of the 29 recommendations included in the EPDP team’s Final Report. Of the two recommendations not adopted in full, the Board identified portions of the recommendations that require further consultation with the GNSO.

Next Steps

  • Stage One: Effective 20 May 2019, contracted parties must continue to implement measures consistent with the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, as adopted by the Board on 17 May 2018.
  • Stage Two: This stage will begin after ICANN org publishes a Registration Data Policy as a Consensus Policy, and formally notifies the contracted parties. During this stage, contracted parties may implement the Interim Policy, the Registration Data Policy, or elements of both as they prepare for the effective date of the Registration Data Policy. The timing of this milestone is to be determined.
  • Stage Three: Contracted parties must comply with the Registration Data Policy as of its effective date, which the EPDP team recommended to be 29 February 2020.

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