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RE: [dow2tf] (Slightly) revised cover letter for registrars

  • To: Tom Keller <tom@xxxxxxxxxx>, Steve Metalitz <metalitz@xxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: RE: [dow2tf] (Slightly) revised cover letter for registrars
  • From: Steve Metalitz <metalitz@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 09:03:20 -0500
  • Cc: "'Jordyn A. Buchanan'" <jbuchanan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "'2DOW2tf'" <dow2tf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Sender: owner-dow2tf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Just to be clear, the registrars would not have to disclose anything about
reseller volume, they would simply be asked to take volume into account in
forwarding the questionnaire to resellers.  


-----Original Message-----
From: Thomas Keller [mailto:tom@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 4:40 AM
To: Steve Metalitz
Cc: 'Jordyn A. Buchanan'; '2DOW2tf'
Subject: Re: [dow2tf] (Slightly) revised cover letter for registrars

The edits on both cover letter are acceptable to me. Just one short
remark. I do not believe that Registrars will respond to us the way
we hope if they have to disclose their relationship with their Resellers 
in terms of volume. That was the reason why I didn't include any figure 
but used the word "representive" in my original draft. 

I don't mind to keep Steves edits I just want to point out that this
might scare registrars into lethargy and finally lead to no response
from certain registrars who only conduct reseller business.


Am 27.01.2004 schrieb Steve Metalitz:
> Perhpas I am mistaken, but I thought the "top registrars" approach was
> to be used for the staff on-line survey (for which Barbara sent us
> fragmentary results a couple of weeks ago), but that this questionnaire
> would go to all registrars. 
> If I misunderstood, could someone advise more specifically about to whom
> this questionnaire will be sent?  "Accounting for the better part of the
> registrations" is rather ambiguous.  
> Similarly, the paragraph about forwarding to resellers is too vague and
> inconsistent with the discussions we have had in the TF on this topic.
> suggested changes below. (Proposed additions in CAPS, deletions in
> [brackets]).  We talked about various share figures -- 70%, 80%, 60% --
> I think we need to give registrars more guidance that we are looking for
> information from the resellers mainly responsible for dealing with
> registrants of that registrar. 
> Thanks.  
> Steve Metalitz    
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jordyn A. Buchanan [mailto:jbuchanan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 6:41 PM
> To: '2DOW2tf'
> Subject: [dow2tf] (Slightly) revised cover letter for registrars
> The GNSO's WHOIS Task Force #2 is chartered with reviewing the current
> ICANN whois policy regarding the collection, disclosure and transmittal
> of data.
> As Registrars are an integral part of the registration process it is 
> very
> important for the further work of the Task Force to get some more 
> detailed
> insight into current Registrar practices. To achieve this goal it was 
> decided
> not to contact the Registrar Constituency as a whole but to gather 
> information
> only from the Registrars accounting for the better part of the 
> registrations.
> It would be a great help to the Task Force if you could answer the 
> following
> questions in regard to your own PRACTICES AS A REGISTRAR.  IF YOU OPERATE
> representive 
> Resellers
> practices.  If you are unfamiliar with your resellers' practices, we 
> encourage you to] forward these questions to key resellers RESPONSIBLE FOR
> may respond directly to the Task Force.
> Please return your responses to the Task Force no later than February 
> 16.  All responses to this questionnaire will be archived and made 
> public, although e-mail addresses will be
> obfuscated in order to limit spam.
> 1. What mechanisms do you use to inform potential and existing
>     registrants of the following:
>     (a)   the purposes for which contact data is collected;
>     (b)   the intended recipients or categories of recipients of contact 
> data;
>     (c)   which contact data are obligatory and which (if any) are 
> voluntary;
>     (d)   how registrants may access and seek to rectify their contact 
> data.
> 2. What mechanisms do you use to obtain consent from registrants for
>     use of their contact data?  Please provide applicable URLs.
> 3. If you offer registrations through channels other than your website,
>     how do the mechanisms used to inform registrants of the use of their
>     contact data, and to gain consent for that usage, differ from those 
> used
>     on the website?
> 4. What requirements, if any, do you make of your resellers in terms of
>     informing registrants of the use of their contact data, and gaining
>     consent for that usage?
> 5. Do you provide any mechanisms for anonymous domain registrations?
>     If so, under what conditions, if any, is the registrant's
>     anonymity lifted, or the anonymous registration canceled?
> 6. Do you provide any mechanisms to limit the amount of contact data
>     made publicly available through WHOIS?  If so, under what
>     conditions is access -- if any -- to those data granted which are
>     collected, but not made publicly available through WHOIS?
> 7. Describe any accommodations that you have made to comply with local
>     laws pertaining to the collection or display of contact information.
>     Please cite the specific laws.



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