Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
Preserving Whois and GDPR Readiness
Nearly four weeks have passed since my last blog post that analyzed ICANN’s three proposed GDPR compliant WHOIS models.  Since then MarkMonitor’s domain policy team and our WHOIS data group have been working hard to advocate for the continued preservation of WHOIS registration data as well as to prepare its own database for compliance with the European regulation. These efforts will continue at their current fervor until the EU’s May 25th enforcement deadline approaches and likely, beyond. After participating in several ICANN cross-community multi-stakeholder group calls and face-to-face meetings to discuss the relative merits and shortcomings of the proposed models, on... Read More
Tags: GDPR, ICANN, Whois
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
The Next Top (Whois) Model?
In approximately four months, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become effective. This regulation, intended to harmonize data protection and privacy laws across Europe, will have a significant impact on the domain name industry, particularly with respect to the collection and display of registrant information referred to as “WHOIS” data.  Currently, domain name registrars are required to collect personal data from each domain name registrant, escrow it, and then pass that information to the Registry Operator pursuant to the terms of their Registrar Accreditation Agreement with ICANN. For the last two months, interested parties have suggested models for a... Read More
Tags: Whois
Policy Counselor
ICANN 56 Helsinki Recap
MarkMonitor joined colleagues from around the world once again in June to participate in ICANN 56, held in Helsinki, Finland.  This was the first “Policy Forum” style ICANN meeting, a shorter and (potentially) more focused meeting structure dedicated to community work on ICANN policies as well as cross-constituency dialogue.  Overall, the new structure was well received; a number of fruitful discussions and meaningful results contributed to a feeling of accomplishment and progress.  Photo by KFP (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Here are our highlights from the meeting. New gTLD Subsequent Rounds The New gTLD Subsequent Rounds Policy Development... Read More
Tags: Whois, newgtld, ICANN
Policy Counselor
ICANN Update:  Whois and New gTLD Program PDPs Launched, New CEO Announced, Privacy Accreditation Moves Forward
As promised, 2016 is off to a busy start at ICANN, with important discussions about Whois/Registration Directory Services, subsequent rounds of the New gTLD Program and internet governance already underway, and more to come.  Brand owner concerns will be front and center in the coming months, as community stakeholders set priorities and begin discussions of key challenges and desired results.  Next Generation Whois – Registration Directory Services (RDS) PDP Launches ICANN launched the policy development process (PDP) for the next generation of Whois, called Registration Directory Services (RDS), in January after calling for volunteers at the end of the year.  (It’s... Read More
MarkMonitor recently joined our colleagues and friends  at the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 52nd public meeting in Singapore.  As promised, the ICANN community has a lot on its plate for 2015, and at this first full meeting of the year, we are all jumping into the work with both feet. Here are some of the main issues for brand owners:  Sorting out the long-awaited transition from U.S. Government oversight to a truly multi-stakeholder model of governance; ensuring Registrant data (Whois) accuracy, accessibility and privacy (where appropriate); launching reviews of the new gTLD program; and protecting/preserving the robust... Read More


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