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Public Comment: Draft Report on Domain Names Registered Using a Privacy or Proxy Service | REVISED

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ICANN, assisted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), recently completed a draft of its study of the percentage of domain names registered using a privacy or proxy service. Today, that draft report is being posted for review and comment through 6 November 2009 (extended to 20 November 2009).

The findings in the report identify a percentage range of domain names that appear to have been registered using a privacy or proxy service. To inform this study, ICANN relied on a random sample of 2400 domain names drawn in March 2009 from the universe of domain names registered under the top 5 gTLDs (i.e., .com, .net, .org, .biz, and .info).

Community members are invited to review the draft report and its findings and comment on all aspects of the report.

Document Links:

The draft report can be found here: http://www.icann.org/en/compliance/reports/privacy-proxy-registration-services-study-28sep09-en.pdf [PDF, 124K]

The Process From Here:

At the end of this Public Comment period, ICANN Staff will review the comments submitted and prepare a summary analysis of the various submissions.

Deadline and How to Submit Comments:

The Staff is opening a 30-day public comment, from 2 October through 6 November 2009 (extended to 20 November 2009), and invites community comments on this matter.

The formal Public Comment Forum Box is located here http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/public-comment-200911.html#proxy

To submit comments: privacy-proxy-study@icann.org

To view comments: http://forum.icann.org/lists/privacy-proxy-study/

Staff Responsible: William A. McKelligott


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