Registration Directory Service (RDS) Review (formerly WHOIS Review)
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|Introduction to Reviews
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Objectives of the RDS Review
Subject to applicable laws, ICANN shall use commercially reasonable efforts to enforce its policies relating to registration directory services and shall work with Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees to explore structural changes to improve accuracy and access to generic top-level domain registration data, as well as consider safeguards for protecting such data.
The Board shall cause a periodic 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 (“Directory Service Review”).
The review team for the Directory Service Review (“Directory Service Review Team”) will consider the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data as defined by the OECD in 1980 and amended in 2013 and as may be amended from time to time.
The Directory Service Review Team shall assess the extent to which prior Directory Service Review recommendations have been implemented and the extent to which implementation of such recommendations has resulted in the intended effect.
The Directory Service Review shall be conducted no less frequently than every five years, measured from the date the previous Directory Service Review Team was convened, except that the first Directory Service Review to be conducted after [1 October 2016] shall be deemed to be timely if the applicable Directory Service Review Team is convened on or before 31 October 2016.
Timeline of Review
- The first WHOIS review concluded in 2012 and was conducted under the Affirmation of Commitments.
- The second review is scheduled to commence with a Call for Volunteers in October 2016 and will be conducted under the new Bylaws.
- Further reviews shall be conducted no less frequently than every five years, measured from the date the previous Directory Service Review Team was convened, except that the first Directory Service Review to be conducted after 1 October 2016 shall be deemed to be timely if the applicable Directory Service Review Team is convened on or before 31 October 2016.
|Review||Call for Volunteers||Review Team Announced||Final Report Issued||Board Action||Implementation Details|
28 Oct 2016 - original announcement
6 Dec 2016 - extension
11 Jan 2017 - extension
22 Feb 2017 - extension
|2 Jun 2017|
|WHOIS||1 Jun 2010||30 Sep 2010||11 May 2012||8 Nov 2012|
The graphic below illustrates phases and status of each review - a indicates that all activities within a given phase have been completed. The chart that follows the graphic provides further details of key activities and milestones within each phase – you can view these details by clicking on each of the phases in the graphic. The table also contains links to relevant documents.
|Assemble Review Team||Call for Volunteers||Public announcement inviting volunteers to submit application||28 Oct 2016|
|Call for Volunteers Extension||Application extended for the Registration Directory Service Review Team||6 Dec 2016|
|Call for Volunteers Deadline||Deadline extension for the Registration Directory Service Review Team||11 Jan 2017|
|Call for Volunteers Deadline||Deadline extension for the Registration Directory Service Review Team||22 Feb 2017|
|Appointment of Board Designee||Board appoints Chris Disspain to serve as a member of the RDS Review Team||3 Feb 2017|
|Review Team Announced||Selection of the Registration Directory Service (RDS/WHOIS2-RT) Review Team Members Announced||2 Jun 2017|
|Assemble Review Team||Call for Volunteers||Public announcement inviting volunteers to submit application||1 Jun 2010|
|Appointment of review team members||Appointment of review team members||30 Sep 2010|
|SO/AC Requirements||SO/AC Requirements for Review Team Volunteers||1 Jun 2010|
|Applications received||Applications received for WHOIS||12 Sep 2010|
|Call for Volunteers||Call for Independent Experts, Law Enforcement Representatives and Global Policy Experts||26 Jul 2010|
|Applications received||Applications received for WHOIS independent expert||30 Sep 2010|
|Plan Review||Terms of Reference||Document outlining the scope of work adopted by the review team||8 Jun 2010|
|Various||Review team activities and detailed information available on the community wiki||20 Oct 2015|
|Conduct Review||RFP for external consultant||Request for Proposals for WHOIS Consumer Trust Research||10 Jul 2011|
|Final Report of External Consultant||Report published by UserInsight||11 May 2012|
|Draft Report||Draft report posted for public comment||5 Dec 2011|
|Final Report||Final report submitted to ICANN Board||11 May 2012|
|Board Action||Board receipt of the Final Report||Board action and resolution||23 Jun 2012|
|Public comment on Final Report||Final report posted for public comment||11 May 2012|
|Board action on review team recommendations||Board action and resolution||8 Nov 2012|
|Plan Implementation||Plan implementation||Plan implementation||8 Nov 2012|
|Implement Improvements||Details of implementation and periodic updates||Information available on the ICANN website||31 Dec 2015|
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