Monday, January 31, 2005

GNSO Constituency Recommendations on WHOIS

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According to the GNSO Calendar, all GNSO Constituencies must submit their comments on the WHOIS Task Force recommendations today.

The Task Force Recommendations Relating to Improving Notification and Consent for the Use of Contact Data in the WHOIS System are:

1. Registrars must ensure that disclosures regarding availability and third-party access to personal data associated with domain names actually be presented to registrants during the registration process. Linking to an external web page is not sufficient.

2. Registrars must ensure that these disclosures are set aside from other provisions of the registration agreement if they are presented to registrants together with that agreement. Alternatively, registrars may present data access disclosures separate from the registration agreement. The wording of the notice provided by registrars should, to the extent feasible, be uniform.

3. Registrars must obtain a separate acknowledgement from registrars that they have read and understand these disclosures. This provision does not affect registrars' existing obligations to obtain registrant consent to the use of their contact information in the WHOIS system.

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