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The Registration Directory Service Review, formerly known as "WHOIS" (RDS-WHOIS2) is mandated by ICANN Bylaws Section 4.6(e) to assess the effectiveness of the then current gTLD registry directory service and whether its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement, promoting consumer trust and safeguarding registrant data.

WHERE ARE WE IN THE PROCESS?                


Become a RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team Observer

• Observe RDS-WHOIS2 meetings live, click here

• Observe past RDS-WHOIS2 meetings, click here

• Share your input with the RDS-WHOIS2: via their public email list All emails sent to are archived and may be viewed here.

• Subscribe to the RDS-WHOIS2 mailing list as an observer: send a request to

Team Calendars


Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team: fourth Face-to-Face Meeting

The review team met face-to-face on 10-12 December 2018 in Brussels. Review team members considered the results of public comments received, determined any corresponding changes in their draft report, and progressed on finalizing the recommendations which will be submitted to the ICANN Board. More details here.

Public Comment Period Extended: Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team Draft Report of Recommendations

LOS ANGELES – 06 November 2018 – The deadline to submit comments on the Draft Report [PDF, 1.97 MB] of the Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team has been extended until Monday 18 November 23:59 UTC. See here for more information.

ICANN63 - Draft Report Overview

Registration Directory Service (RDS)-WHOIS2 Review Webinar.

On 17 September 2018, the Registration Directory Service (RDS)-WHOIS2 Review Team hosted two webinars on its Draft Report, which contains draft findings and recommendations pertaining to the gTLD registry directory service. See here for more information.

Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team Draft Report & Recommendations

4 September 2018 - Now available for public comment, see here for more information.

RDS-WHOIS2 Meeting Report

14 August 2018 - Now available here. 

RDS-WHOIS2 met in Brussels on 26-27 July

9 June 2018 - See here for archives. 

Listen to the RDS-WHOIS2 Engagement Session at ICANN62

28 June 2018 - See here for more information.

View the RDS-WHOIS2 face-to-face meeting #2 (16-17-18 April) meeting archives 

18 April 2018 - See here for more information. 

Blog post: RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team Submits Terms of Reference and Work Plan

27 February 2018 - See here for more information.

Terms of reference & work plan submitted to ICANN Board

09 February 2018 - See here for more information.

ICANN60 - Purpose and Focus of the review

RDS-WHOIS2-RT Leadership confirmed

03 October 2017 - RDS-WHOIS2-RT has confirmed leadership: Alan Greenberg (Chair), Cathrin Bauer-Bulst (Vice-Chair), Susan Kawaguchi (Vice-Chair) 

RDS-WHOIS2-RT held its first face-to-face meeting in Brussels.

03 October 2017 - Read the meeting summary.

Selection of the Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2-RT) Review Team Members Announced

02 Jun 2017 - Today ICANN announced the selection of a 14-member team to conduct the Registration Directory Service ReviewLearn more