Welcome! This is the workspace for the Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Program Implementation Review Team (IRT).

Project Status

In 2019, PPSAI Implementation was paused by ICANN org due to overlapping issues with implementation of EPDP Phase 1 and EPDP Phase 2 policy recommendations. ICANN org is currently seeking a group of volunteers to continue the implementation.



A privacy service allows domain name registration in the registrant's name, but all other
contact details displayed in the publicly-accessible Registration Data Directory Service (RDDS)
are those given by the privacy service provider, not by the registrant.

A proxy service allows the registered name holder to license the use of the domain to a
customer who uses the domain, while contact information displayed in the RDDS system is that
of the proxy service provider.

Note: An important difference between these two types of services is that for registrations
utilizing a privacy service, the service’s customer (the party who uses the domain name) is the
legal registrant of the domain. By contrast, where a proxy service is used, the proxy service
provider is the Registered Name Holder, and licenses the right to use the name to the proxy
service customer.

The GNSO Council initiated a PDP to make recommendations for consistency across proxy and
privacy services in the ecosystem. The PDP WG completed a set of recommendations which
were adopted by the ICANN Board in 2016. ICANN org began implementation of these
recommendations in 2016, supported by a volunteer Implementation Review Team. This
implementation work was put on hold in 2019 due to overlapping issues with ongoing work in
the GNSO’s Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification, in
light of the work to address the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

With the publication of the Registration Data Policy, which implements the EPDP Phase 1
recommendations (see Section 1.1 above), ICANN org is now seeking to convene an IRT to
support continuing implementation of the approved policy recommendations. ICANN org shared
its planning work including an Implementation Analysis of the PPSAI recommendations at
Expected IRT Launch: Q2 2024 at ICANN80

ICANN80 Session Details:
GDS: PPSAI IRT Work Session
Thursday, 13 June 2024
09:00 - 10:15 CAT (07:00 - 08:15 UTC)

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