Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

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The Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (adopted by the ICANN Board on 17 May 2018) established temporary requirements for gTLD registry operators and registrars to comply with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) without breaking existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies. The Temporary Specification provides a single, unified interim model that ensures a common framework for handling registration data and maintaining the WHOIS system while the GNSO determines whether to adopt it as a consensus policy or develop an alternative policy. ICANN's stated objective of the Temporary Specification is to comply with the GDPR, while maintaining the WHOIS system to the greatest extent possible.

Requirements for the Temporary Policy

Consensus Policy Developed Within a Year

The Temporary Specification requires the Consensus Policy process, carried out through Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Expedited Policy Development Process Team (EPDP), to be completed within one year of the effective date of 25 May 2018.

Renewal by ICANN Board

The ICANN Board is required to reconfirm the Temporary Specification every 90 days from their adoption and enforcement of the Temporary Specification, for a period of no more than 12 months or upon its confirmation or rejection as consensus policy.

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