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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 Final Report Published For Public Comment

Per the ICANN Bylaws, each final report of a review team shall be published for Public Comment in advance of the Board's consideration. The Public Comment process on the Final Report was started on 8 October 2019 and is expected to close on 25 November  2019. To review the Final Report and provide your feedback, click here.

Final Report and Recommendations submitted to the ICANN Board of Directors

On 3 September 2019, Alan Greenberg, chair of the RDS-WHOIS2 Review team, sent the Final Report and Recommendations for submission to the ICANN Board of Directors. More details here.

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.