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Addendum to the Initial Report of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team – Phase 2

Open Date: 26 March 2020 Close Date: 5 May 2020
Originating Organization: Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
  • Contracted Party Agreements
  • Policy Development
  • Privacy
  • Top-Level Domains
Brief Overview:

IMPORTANT: Due to recent events, anyone who was unable to submit their input on the EPDP Team's Initial Report addressing System for Standardized Access / Disclosure to Non-Public Registration Data (SSAD) (see by the prescribed deadline may submit comments via this Public Comment proceeding, which closes on 5 May 2020.

However, if you intend to do so, please email by 31 March at the latest so that the EPDP Team can plan its review of public comments accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to provide comments on the Initial Report, please use this link:

This public comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the Addendum to the Initial Report of the EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team – Phase 2. The addendum contains the EPDP Team's preliminary recommendations and/or conclusions on the following priority 2 items:

  • Display of information of affiliated vs. accredited privacy / proxy providers
  • Legal vs. natural persons
  • City field redaction
  • Data retention
  • Potential Purpose for ICANN's Office of the Chief Technology Officer
  • Feasibility of unique contacts to have a uniform anonymized email address
  • Accuracy and WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System
  • Purpose 2

Following review of the public comments, the EPDP Team intends to fold the recommendations and conclusions into its Final Report which will also address the System for Standardized Access / Disclosure to non-public registration data (SSAD).


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