ICANN Resolutions » 2003-03-27 - GNSO Recommendation on Whois Accuracy and Bulk Access
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Board approves four policy recommendations on Whois from the GNSO: 1) establishment of an annual Whois Data Reminder Policy, designed to improve Whois accuracy; 2) a Restored Names Accuracy Policy that applies when names have been deleted on the basis of submission of false contact data or non-response to registrar inquiries, also intended to improve Whois accuracy; 3) a prohibition against bulk access to Whois information for marketing purposes; and 4) additional prohibitions against resale or redistribution of bulk WHOIS data by data users.
Whereas, on 20 February 2003, the GNSO Council accepted a Final Report of the GNSO Council's Whois Task Force on Whois Data Accuracy and Bulk Access to Whois Data and forwarded it to the Board as a consensus-policy recommendation;
Whereas, the report was posted on the ICANN web site on 11 March 2003, with a call for public comment;
Whereas, various public comments were received and considered by the Board;
Whereas, the report was discussed at the ICANN Public Forum session held on Wednesday, 26 March 2003;
Whereas, the Board has considered the various comments by members of the Internet community at the Public Forum session;
Resolved [03.41] that the Board adopts the four consensus-policy recommendations contained in the Final Report of the GNSO Council's Whois Task Force on Whois Data Accuracy and Bulk Access to Whois Data;
Further resolved [03.42] that the President and General Counsel are authorized to take steps to implement those policy recommendations though amendments and notices, as appropriate, pursuant to ICANN's agreements with gTLD registry operators and registrars.