Nov 282017

National country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) registries in Europe plan to either limit access to their WHOIS database or revise the terms of the contracts with their registrars and others to ensure their compliance with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on May 25, 2018.

The Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR) informed ICANN of this in a November 16, 2017 letter. The letter was sent in response to questions from ICANN on how European registries intended to respond to the GDPR.

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Apr 202017

ICANN’s Global Domains Division (GDD) has started organising summits to enable domain industry members who have contracts with ICANN (registries and registrars) to discuss business issues away from the traditional policy-focussed ICANN meetings.

The 2016 summit was held in Amsterdam and drew in over 400 participants (from 49 countries). Much lower than the typical attendance at an ICANN meeting, which can run to over 3,000 people, but not surprising given the narrow focus of these GDD Summits.

The idea is to concentrate on business discussions. How domains are bought and sold, how contracted parties interact with ICANN and its staff, what new trends are emerging for the industry, what major issues the industry is facing…

The next summit is happening from May 9 to 11 in the Spanish capital of Madrid. Over 350 attendees have already registered. 6 ICANN Board members are also planning to attend, plus the ICANN CEO Göran Marby, and a preliminary agenda has now been published.