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Registrar Data Escrow Agent Contract Approval


Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Sun, 13 May 2018
Resolution Number: 
2018.05.13.07 – 2018.05.13.08
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, members of the registrar community have expressed a need for an additional ICANN-designated Registrar Data Escrow agent with regional support capability in the European Union.

Whereas, the ICANN Global Domains Division intends to provide an additional ICANN-designated Registrar Data Escrow agent with regional support in the European Union and an understanding of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Whereas, ICANN organization has published a Request For Proposal to identify an additional Registrar Data Escrow Agent.

Whereas, the ICANN org has completed the Request For Proposal and determined that DENIC eG has demonstrated its capability to support registrar data escrow services and is the preferred provider.

Resolved (2018.05.13.07), the Board authorizes the President and CEO, or his designee(s), to enter into, and make disbursements in furtherance of, a new DENIC eG contract for a term of 36 months with total cost not to exceed US$[REDACTED].

Resolved (2018.05.13.08), specific items within this resolution shall remain confidential for negotiation purposes pursuant to Article 3, Section 3.5(b) and (d) of the ICANN Bylaws until the President and CEO determines that the confidential information may be released.

Rationale for Resolution: 

The ICANN organization understands, based upon feedback from the registrar community, the need to enhance the RDE Program and provide an additional ICANN-designated RDE agent with regional support in the European Union.

ICANN org posted a request for proposal on 17 August 2017 to to identify one or more additional ICANN-designated RDE agents with the capability to offer broad global or multiregional support. During this process the ICANN org identified service areas that could be enhanced with an additional ICANN-designated RDE agent and considered those in the RFP evaluation.

As a result, ICANN org identified DENIC eG to have a clear understanding of the needs of the registrar community and the capability to perform at the appropriate service levels. In addition, DENIC eG has broad understanding of the current industry and of the ICANN's multistakeholder model.

Taking this step towards contracting is in the fulfilment of ICANN's mission and in the public interest to ensure that ICANN org is utilizing the right third party providers, and to ensure that it is maximizing available resources in a cost-efficient and effective manner. This action will benefit ICANN's mission to ensure the security, stability and resiliency of the domain name system.

This action will have a fiscal impact on the organization, as each additional ICANN-designated RDE agent results in additional fixed cost, but it will provide ICANN org with ICANN-designated RDE agents that enhance diversity and competition.