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ICANN61 - Agenda Item 21 - GDPR and WHOIS Privacy Law Discussion
09:30 - 10:30 UTC-04:00 | Ballroom B | Web Conference Link | Dial In Info
Session Details

Manal Ismail, GAC Chair
Cathrin Bauer-Bulst, PSWG Co-Chair|
Laureen Kapin, FTC, PSWG

The GAC will discuss the latest developments related to Whois compliance with the GDPR, including ways for law enforcement and other legitimate user to retains full access to Whois data while providing appropriate data protection safeguards.

GAC and PSWG to continue to work with ICANN Org and relevant sections of the community on ensuring that public policy considerations are reflected in any compliance model.

GAC to follow up on its advice to the Board on this matter through the usual procedure.

Session Minutes



GAC members and the GAC’s Public Safety Working Group (PSWG) participated actively in a wide range of multi-party discussions aimed at developing a model to ensure compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), particularly with regard to WHOIS data. The key issues, which were reflected in the Communique, included access to WHOIS access for legitimate purposes such as law enforcement, rights protection and cybersecurity; the need for clarity on specific details; and the role of the GAC in any new arrangements.

At the face to face meeting between the GAC and the ICANN Board, the ICANN CEO suggested that active engagement by governments with relevant Data Protection Authorities to provide ICANN with specific assurance would be more helpful than advice to the ICANN Board at this stage. He stated that WHOIS will inevitably change from current arrangements and may change again when the RDS Review progresses.