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.CAT WHOIS Proposed Changes

Comment/Reply Periods (*) Important Information Links
Comment Open: 20 January 2012
Comment Close: 10 February 2012
Close Time (UTC): 23:59 UTC Public Comment Announcement
Reply Open: 11 February 2012 To Submit Your Comments (Forum Closed)
Reply Close: 3 March 2012 View Comments Submitted
Close Time (UTC): 23:59 UTC Report of Public Comments
Brief Overview
Originating Organization: ICANN
Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements
Purpose (Brief): The Fundacio puntCAT request requires amendment to the .cat Registry Agreement signed 23 September 2005.
Current Status: Fundacio puntCAT's, the .cat registry, requests Whois changes according to EU data protection legislation.
Next Steps: Upon closure of public comments, ICANN will consider the proposed amendment.
Staff Contact: Karla Valente Email:
Detailed Information
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose

On August 2011, Fundacio puntCAT's, the .cat registry, submitted a request under ICANN's Registry Services Evaluation Process (RSEP) requesting Whois changes according to EU data protection legislation.  ICANN has conducted a preliminary review in accordance with the Registry Services Evaluation Policy and process set forth at ICANN's preliminary review (based on the information provided) did not identify any significant competition, security, or stability issues.

Fundació puntCAT consulted with the relevant authorities on the impact of the Spanish and EU legislation on data protection. More information on the original RSEP request [PDF, 377 KB].

The implementation of the request requires an amendment to the .cat Registry Agreement signed 23 September 2005. This public forum requests comments regarding the proposed amendment. Here are the proposed revised Appendix 5 [PDF, 276 KB] and Appendix S-Part VI [PDF, 432 KB] redline versions for comments.

Section II: Background

On 23 September 2005, ICANN and Fundació puntCAT entered into a Sponsored TLD Registry Agreement under which Fundació puntCAT sponsors the .cat top-level domain. Information about the original agreement and other amendments can be found here:

Fundació puntCAT  has been operational since 2006. As of September 2011, .cat has  approximately 52,000 domain names registered, about 23 registrar accreditations and has no compliance issues at this time. The back-end service provider is CORE.

In the past, ICANN received similar request from Telnic Ltd, the .tel registry. See:

Section III: Document and Resource Links
Section IV: Additional Information

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Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."