20 Nov '12, 1am

ICANN will "re-examine the fundamental purpose of Whois ... again.

The Affirmation of Commitments (AoC) between ICANN and the U.S. Department of Commerce commits ICANN to enforcing its existing policy relating to WHOIS (subject to applicable laws), which "requires that ICANN implement measures to maintain timely, unrestricted and public access to accurate and complete WHOIS information, including registrant, technical, billing, and administrative contact information." The AoC obligates ICANN to organize no less frequently than every three years a community review of WHOIS policy and its implementation to assess the extent to which WHOIS policy is effective and its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement and promotes consumer trust. The AoC further commits ICANN 's Board to publish for public comment the report submitted by the Review Team, and to take action on the report within six months of its submission.

Full article: http://www.icann.org/en/groups/board/documents/resolution...

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