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EPDP Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data – Phase 1

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On 17 May 2018, the ICANN Board approved the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data ("Temporary Specification") pursuant to the procedures for the establishment of temporary policies in ICANN's agreements with Registry Operators and Registrars ("Contracts"). The Temporary Specification provides modifications to existing requirements in the Registrar Accreditation and Registry Agreements to allow contracted parties to comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements while also complying with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Per the procedure for temporary policies as outlined in the Contracts, following adoption of the temporary specification, the Board "shall immediately implement the Consensus Policy development process set forth in ICANN's Bylaws". The adoption of the Temporary Specification triggered the requirement for the GNSO to complete a consensus PDP within a one-year period, as the Temporary Specification can only remain in force for up to one year, from the effective date of 25 May 2018.

On 19 July 2018, the GNSO Council initiated the Expedited PDP (EPDP), with a two-phased approach, to work on issues related to WHOIS registration data that the ICANN community has been discussing and trying to resolve for over 10 years. Phase 1 aimed to confirm, or not, the Temporary Specification by 25 May 2019. Phase 2 discussed, amongst other elements, a standardized access model to nonpublic registration data.

The EPDP Phase 1 Team submitted its Final Report to the GNSO Council for its consideration on 20 February 2019. On 4 March 2019, the GNSO Council adopted the EPDP Team's Phase 1 Final Report and submitted it to the Board for their consideration. The Board conducted a Public Comment and passed a resolution on 15 May 2019 to authorize the implementation of most of the EPDP Phase 1 recommendations, except for parts of two recommendations.

Learn more about the implementation effort of the EPDP Phase 1 recommendations here; see the latest update of current IRT work in the GNSO Policy Briefing here.


Working Group Status

Web Presence:

Responsible Staff Member:

  • Marika Konings
  • Caitlin Tubergen
  • Berry Cobb

Working Group Members & Leadership and GNSO Liaison

For the latest information and status on this project:

GNSO Resolution on the Initiation of the EPDP:

Adopted on: 19 July 2018

Summary: "The GNSO Council hereby approves the EPDP Initiation Request and as such initiates the EPDP."

Working Group Charter:

Adopted on: 19 July 2018

Working Group Initial Report:

Submitted on 21 November 2018

Working Group Final Report:

Submitted on: 20 February 2019

GNSO Adoption of the Final Report:

Adopted on: 04 March 2019

Summary: "Resolved The GNSO Council recommends to the ICANN Board of Directors the adoption of EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data policy recommendations as detailed in section 5 of the Final Report…..…"

ICANN Board Notification to GAC on Public Policy Issues:

Submitted on: 08 March 2019

GNSO Council Recommendations Report to the ICANN Board:

Submitted on: 29 March 2019

Public Comment Prior to ICANN Board Consideration:

Submitted on: 04 March 2019

ICANN Board Resolution Text:

Adopted on: 15 May 2019

Summary: "Resolved (2019.05.15.02), the Board adopts the GNSO Council Policy Recommendations for a new Consensus Policy on gTLD Registration Data as set forth in section 5 of the Final Report in accordance with Sections A and B of the attached scorecard titled "Scorecard: EPDP Phase 1 Recommendations…..…"

Implementation Details:

Communications & Engagement



EPDP Webinars

GNSO Council Updates

ICANN Meeting Communications


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