New proposal by ICANN for Domain name privacy – ILAC position

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A couple of years ago, law enforcement agencies pushed for the clarification of registrar responsibilities in connection with proceedings under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”), and issues related to privacy and proxy services, including their accreditation and reveal and relay procedures. So to бе carried out properly, оn 31 October 2013, the GNSO Council initiated a Policy Development Process and chartered the Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues (“PPSAI”) Working Group.

The proposal as drafted in the report(pdf) includes requirements concerning the nature and type of information to be provided by a Requester, non-exhaustive grounds for refusal of a request, and the possibility of neutral dispute resolution/appeal in the event of a dispute. So this is perfect opportunity for organisations like ILAC to provide the means for this dispute resolution or appeal. It should be managed by respected and experienced team with some legal background. This is important for both parties and their interest in the matter.

As always the ILAC team is on the legal side here. There is a proposal that will no longer allow ‘commercial’ sites, which will include all domain names that run advertisements (so just about everyone), to hide their personal details through WHOIS protections services. This proposal is just preposterous and should not be even dicussed by ICANN. It collides with basic human rights and most of the laws in Europe.

There where another tries by the industry masked by the name “anti-piracy measures” to further regulate the internet. Very interesting is the position of the big players. According to a Washington Post report the president of the International Corporation for Assigned Named and Numbers (ICANN) – Fadi Chehadé, “The world is starting to get this,” . “They just don’t want any one government or party controlling this, and I think we’re almost there.” Chehadé also said that ICANN will tighten its rules to make it harder for one entity or another to have any undue influence on what the organization does in relation to the Internet. One thing Chehadé absolutely won’t do is let trade groups or even governments compel ICANN to enforce copyright laws. However, ICANN is not eager to take on the role of piracy police. In the same report ICANN president Fadi Chehadé noted that “everybody” is asking the organization to police content, which is a trend they hope to change.

Here in ILAC we want to help neutral parties to govern the internet. And help everybody with their problem, providing easy and cheap way of resolving matters trough mediation.

A couple of years ago, law enforcement agencies pushed for the clarification of registrar responsibilities in connection with proceedings under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”), and issues related to privacy and proxy services, including their accreditation and reveal and relay procedures. So to бе carried out properly, оn 31 October 2013, the GNSO Council initiated a Policy Development Process and chartered the Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues (“PPSAI”) Working Group.

The proposal as drafted in the report(pdf) includes requirements concerning the nature and type of information to be provided by a Requester, non-exhaustive grounds for refusal of a request, and the possibility of neutral dispute resolution/appeal in the event of a dispute. So this is perfect opportunity for organisations like ILAC to provide the means for this dispute resolution or appeal. It should be managed by respected and experienced team with some legal background. This is important for both parties and their interest in the matter.

As always the ILAC team is on the legal side here. There is a proposal that will no longer allow ‘commercial’ sites, which will include all domain names that run advertisements (so just about everyone), to hide their personal details through WHOIS protections services. This proposal is just preposterous and should not be even dicussed by ICANN. It collides with basic human rights and most of the laws in Europe.

There where another tries by the industry masked by the name “anti-piracy measures” to further regulate the internet. Very interesting is the position of the big players. According to a Washington Post report the president of the International Corporation for Assigned Named and Numbers (ICANN) – Fadi Chehadé, “The world is starting to get this,” . “They just don’t want any one government or party controlling this, and I think we’re almost there.” Chehadé also said that ICANN will tighten its rules to make it harder for one entity or another to have any undue influence on what the organization does in relation to the Internet. One thing Chehadé absolutely won’t do is let trade groups or even governments compel ICANN to enforce copyright laws. However, ICANN is not eager to take on the role of piracy police. In the same report ICANN president Fadi Chehadé noted that “everybody” is asking the organization to police content, which is a trend they hope to change.

Here in ILAC we want to help neutral parties to govern the internet. And help everybody with their problem, providing easy and cheap way of resolving matters trough mediation.

Slavi Tankein

Executive Director of ILAC

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