ISSUE:    A.4

Require greater disclosure of registrar affiliates/multiple accreditations

 

Priority:
 

RAA Final Report (High Priority Item)


Issue/Request

Registrars with multiple accreditations must disclose and publicly display on their website parent ownership or corporate relationship, i.e., identify controlling interests.

Source: 
LEA Code of Conduct

Notes

Additional information regarding requests:

LEA:
1) ICANN should require all registrars, registries, proxy services, resellers and all third party beneficiaries of any contracts, policies of ICANN to publicly display ownership, parent companies, subsidiaries and business associations.
2) Registrars with multiple accreditations must disclose and publicly display on their website parent ownership or corporate relationship, i.e., identify controlling interests.

RAA-DT:
1) Insert a new section in the RAA requiring registrars to submit, on an annual basis, additional information to ICANN, for use in vetting and verifying the identity of the registrar and its affiliates.   Such categories of information could include: additional details on the registrar’s officers and directors (e.g., names, postal addresses and contact information); names, postal addresses and contact information of affiliated entities that engage in domain related services; the identity and ownership of registrar’s parent corporations, if applicable; names, postal addresses and contact information for significant resellers (e.g. resellers registering more than 50,000 or 5% of its domain names under management); and names, postal addresses and contact information for any privacy/proxy services offered or made available by registrar or its affiliates.

2) Registrars to specify to ICANN any parent, subsidiary, affiliate, or entity under common control which is also an accredited registrar, and to keep this information current.



Original LEA submission to the RAA-DT




RAA-DT Final Report

Discussion Points

Description

Date Discussed

 

Registrars willing to provide to ICANN and to publish a TBD subset of this information on the INTERNIC site.

Discussion on reseller issues in A.4. to be deferred and considered with the other reseller topics.

Discussions regarding disclosure of corporate parents and other controlling interests.

Registrars to propose definition of affiliates, discussion of whether affiliates to be limited to those in offering registrar services.

Publishing affiliates on registrar website problematic, but willing to provide information to ICANN;   discussion regarding ICANN publishing affiliates on INTERNIC site.

Registrars expressed concern about how publication of common ownership interests might adversely affect their ability to offer niche registration services through use of separately accredited (but commonly owned) entities.

18 Nov 2011


18 Nov 2011


8 Dec 2011

17 Jan 2011


23 Jan 2012


27 Jan 2012

Proposed Text

Open


Status/Outcome

Under Discussion


Explanation

Open


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