Author: Luc

Solving privacy issues post GDPR

by Luc

When GDPR came into force in 2018, the redaction of whois databases caused a lot of concern about internet security. To solve the problem of getting non-public registration data without breaking privacy laws, the EPDP Team suggested a complex system called the Standardised Access System for Non-public Registration Data (SSAD). But it was too costly and complicated. So, ICANN is testing a simpler system called the Registration Data Request Service (RDRS), which connects users with ICANN-accredited registrars.

ICANN's fight against DNS abuse

by Luc

ICANN operates on a multi-stakeholder model, where every internet community has a voice in developing policies. However, it also relies on contractual instruments negotiated between ICANN and the contracted parties. These contracts include the Registry Agreement, the Registrar Accreditation Agreement, and the Registry-Registrar Agreement, which are negotiated directly between ICANN, registries, and registrars. The following focusses on the recent amendment to these agreements, which requires contracted parties to take reasonable and appropriate action to mitigate or disrupt domain registrations engaged in DNS Abuse.

Next round of new extensions aka ICANN’s vaporware

by Luc

The ICANN community is trying to start the next round of new gTLD applications, but their quest for perfection has caused delays. They have initiated several policy development processes to ensure the next round is flawless, but this has led to setbacks. However, the Subsequent Procedure working group has acknowledged this issue and proposed a model where new gTLD procedures would be handled in rounds, allowing policy development to continue without halting the program.

IGF 2019 - Border crossing

by Luc

Last week in Berlin the 14th Internet Governance Forum of the United Nations annual meeting was held. The IGF’s goal is to bring people together to discuss public policy issues relating to the Internet. However, there is no negotiated outcome at the IGF; it serves only as a place for policy-makers to discuss, exchange information and share good practices.

ICANN 66 - It's all about abuse

by Luc

Last week, the 66th ICANN meeting took place in Montréal, Canada. While GDPR compliance has been the main focus of the community for the past five meetingsy, this past week leitmotiv was "DNS Abuse". While this concern is a priori legitimate and straight forward, the fact that some community members (purposefully?) fail to understand what comes within the legal and technical competency of DNS operators is causing frictions.

GDPR and WHOIS: ICANN solving access and privacy problem?

by Luc

WHOIS data access took centre stage at ICANN 63, held in Barcelona from October 20 - 25th. While other issues, such as the future of new gTLD applications, were discussed, post GDPR privacy concerns were, unsurprisingly, the focus of most discussions. Here are the key takeaways.