Expedited Policy Development Process on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (EPDP)

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Expedited Policy Development Process on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (EPDP)
Organizer: GNSO
Status: Active
Issue Areas: Domain Name Registrant Data
Type: PDP
Date Established: 2018/07/19
Charter: WG Charter
Workspace: Community Wiki

The Expedited Policy Development Process on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (EPDP) was initiated by the GNSO Council on 19 July 2018 to determine if the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data should become ICANN consensus policy, with or without modifications, while ensuring compliance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other relevant privacy and data protection laws.


On 17 May 2018, the ICANN Board adopted the Temporary Specification as an interim model for WHOIS compliance. This temporary specification was designed to allow registries and registrars to be compliant with the GDPR without being in breach of their contract with ICANN.

The procedure for Temporary Policies, requires the consensus policy development process (in this case the EPDP) to be completed within a year of the Temporary Specification effective date of 25 May 2018.

Mission and Scope

The EPDP Team's objective is to determine if the Temporary Specification should become an ICANN Consensus Policy, as is or with modifications, while complying with the GDPR and other relevant privacy and data protection law. At a minimum, the EPDP is expected to consider the questions laid out in the charter.

The charter questions break down into two sections:

  1. Questions on the "Terms of the Temporary Specification"
  2. Questions on a "System for Standardized Access to Non-Public Registration Data"



The EPDP is constituted of participants filling different roles including:

On 18 April 2019, the GNSO Council approved the appointment of Janis Karklins, Latvian Ambassador to the United Nations at Geneva, as the chair for the EPDP Team Phase 2.[1]


Members/Liaisons Affiliation SOI
1 Alan Woods RySG SOI
2 Kristina Rosette RySG SOI
3 Marc Anderson RySG SOI
4 James Bladel RrSG SOI
5 Matt Serlin RrSG SOI
6 Emily Taylor RrSG SOI
7 Alex Deacon IPC SOI
8 Diane Plaut IPC SOI
9 Margie Milam BC SOI
10 Mark Svancarek BC SOI
11 Esteban Lescano ISPCP SOI
12 Thomas Rickert ISPCP SOI
13 Stephanie Perrin NCSG SOI
14 Ayden Ferdeline NCSG SOI
15 Milton Mueller NCSG SOI
16 Julf Helsingius NCSG SOI
17 Amr Elsadr NCSG SOI
18 Farzaneh Badiei NCSG SOI
19 Georgios Tselentis GAC SOI
20 Kavouss Arasteh GAC SOI
21 Ashley Heineman GAC SOI
22 Alan Greenberg ALAC SOI
23 Hadia Elminiawi ALAC SOI
24 Benedict Addis SSAC SOI
25 Ben Butler SSAC SOI
26 Chris Disspain ICANN Board Liaison SOI
27 Leon Felipe Sanchez ICANN Board Liaison SOI
28 Rafik Dammak GNSO Council Liaison SOI
29 Trang Nguyen ICANN Org Liaison (GDD) SOI
30 Dan Halloran ICANN Org Liaison (Legal) n/a
31 Kurt Pritz EPDP Team Chair SOI


Alternates Affiliation SOI
1 Matthew Crossman RySG n/a
2 Arnaud Wittersheim RySG SOI
3 Sebastien Ducos RySG SOI
4 Jeff Yeh RrSG SOI
5 Volker Greimann RrSG SOI
6 Lindsay Hamilton-Reid RrSG SOI
7 Sarah Wyld RrSG SOI
8 Theo Geurts RrSG SOI
9 Brian King IPC SOI
10 Steve DelBianco BC SOI
11 Suman Lal Pradhan ISPCP SOI
12 Tatiana Tropina NCSG SOI
13 David Cake NCSG SOI
14 Collin Kurre NCSG SOI
15 Chris Lewis-Evans GAC SOI
16 Rahul Gosain GAC SOI
17 Laureen Kapin GAC SOI
18 Holly Raiche ALAC SOI
19 Seun Ojedeji ALAC SOI
20 Greg Aaron SSAC SOI
21 Rod Rasmussen SSAC SOI

EPDP Phase 1 Final Report

The Final Report of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (EPDP) was published on 20 February 2019. The representatives from the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) and Business Constituency (BC) voted against the Final Report, but since all other GNSO Councillors were in favour the Final Report was approved.[2] The report was then passed to the ICANN Board for adoption.

The report contains an analysis of affected parties, anticipated time to implement recommendations, and other pertinent information that will assist the Board's deliberations on the EPDP Phase 1 policy recommendations[3]. The recommendations from this report must be adopted by concerned parties on or before, 29 February 2020.

Phase 1 Final Report