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Proposal To Protect Domain Name Registrants Discussed at ICANN Meet

June 27, 2007

PC World reports that ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is soliciting ideas and opinions on how it might modify agreements it enters into with Internet registrars.

The goal would be to protect individuals and organizations that do business with ICANN.

"The effort stems from the recent debacle involving registrar RegisterFly, which ICANN had to strip of its accreditation due to poor quality of service, which prompted massive and loud complaints from many of its tens of thousands of customers," writes Juan Carlos Perez of the IDG News Service.

The issue came up in a Protection of Registrants session at ICANN's 29th International Public Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"We need to deal with registrar accreditation and the procedures by which we accommodate registrants," said session moderator, Susan Crawford, who is an ICANN Board Member.

The issue of whether it would be a good idea for ICANN-accredited Internet registrars to escrow customer data with a third party or even with ICANN itself. That way, if a registrar goes out of business or encounters other major difficulties, the process of transferring a domain name to another registrar would be easier.

."This is important to registrants," Crawford said. "We want to be able to reconstitute a registrar if it fails so that registrants can continue to have access to their domains and be able to work with them."




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