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Inside the RAA: Whois verification

We spoke to those in and around the closed-doors negotiation of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). This is what we learnt.

The most contentious aspect of closed-door negotiations around the Registrar Accreditation Agreement has been the matter of Whois verification.

The issue is dealt with in two of the 16 specific changes that were put forward by law enforcement and have formed the foundation for the discussions (C1 and A1b).

From the start, ICANN’s negotiating team made it clear to their registrar counterparts that "verification" of domain name registrants would be used as a benchmark for the success of the negotiations overall.

Initial discussions moved away from the strict requests made by law enforcement, which include verification of a large number of different aspects from IP address to billing address to email and phone numbers.

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Coming up in our RAA negotiation coverage:

  • 24-hour access for the Feds
  • How the ICANN PR tail wagged the policy dog
  • How future changes to the RAA will work
  • Resellers and proxies: healthy limbs or cancerous growths?
  • What the registrars asked for and didn’t get
  • The issues that both ICANN and registrars have ignored