Domain Name Registration Data Policies and Related Requirements
The policies and requirements related to domain name registration data are developed by the ICANN community through its Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs), and then implemented by the ICANN organization (ICANN org) as directed by the ICANN Board of Directors. Information on the existing requirements and ongoing work related to domain name registration data can be found below. For more on developing policy at ICANN, click here.
On 17 May 2018, the ICANN Board passed a resolution adopting a Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (Temp Spec). The Temp Spec expired on 18 May 2019, and the Interim Registration Data Policy for gTLDs became effective on 20 May 2019. As part of that Interim Policy gTLD registries and registrars are required to implement a Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) service within 135 days of ICANN org requesting implementation. The Temporary Specification also called for a gTLD RDAP Profile, SLA, and registry Reporting requirements to be developed prior to RDAP deployment. For more information, click here.
Click here for a listing of the ICANN agreement provisions, policies, advisories, and Bylaws obligations related to gTLD Registration Data Directory Services (RDDS), Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP), and WHOIS.
CONTRACTED PARTY COMMUNICATIONS
Click here for a full archive of ICANN communications to contracted parties regarding specific policies and contractual obligations, including those related to domain name registration data.
Click here for more information on ICANN's Consensus Policies.
The ICANN community is currently working on domain name registration data policy and implementation in the below areas. This includes the ongoing negotiations between ICANN org and members of the Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG) and the Registrars Stakeholder Group (RrSG) to add the reporting requirements and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for RDAP to the Base gTLD Registry Agreement (RA) and the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA).
Policies for generic top-level domains (gTLDs) are developed within the Generic Names Supporting Organization's (GNSO) policy development processes (PDPs). More information on current GNSO PDPs can be found here.
Once the policy recommendations emerging from these PDPs are approved by the ICANN Board, ICANN org implements them according to guidelines established in the Consensus Policy Implementation Framework (CPIF). For more information on policy recommendations in the process of implementation, click here. Additional information on implementing policy at ICANN is available here.
ICANN provides biannual updates to ongoing projects related to Registration Data Directory Services (RDDS). Click on the below versions to download a PDF of the roadmap.
- 10 September 2020: Roadmap | Blog
- 20 February 2020: Roadmap | Blog
- 06 May 2019: Roadmap | Blog
- 31 August 2018: Roadmap
ICANN reviews are important accountability mechanisms that are required by the ICANN Bylaws and critical to maintaining a healthy multistakeholder model. Specific reviews are conducted by community-led review teams which assess ICANN's performance in reaching its commitments.
Registration Directory Service (RDS) Review: A review to assess the effectiveness of the then current gTLD registry directory service and whether its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement, promoting consumer trust and safeguarding registrant data.
For information on WHOIS, click here.