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Aligning ICANN Policy with Privacy Rights of Internet Users

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No. 149 Aligning ICANN Policy with Privacy Rights of Internet Users

Propose's Nationality: UNITED STATES

Proposer's Country of Residence: UNITED STATES

Nationality of Organisation UNITED STATES

IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Internet and Human Rights


ICANN sets several important domain name policies that determine what personal information is collected, published, or otherwise shared about Internet domain name registrants. ICANN’s WHOIS policy, its Registrar Accreditation Agreement, and other policies become a global standard for the handling of personal data about Internet users. What obligation does ICANN have to align its policies with international standards for data protection? How are legal privacy protections treated in ICANN’s policies? As an example, this discussion will pay specific attention to European data protection requirements in comparison with ICANN policy. What role do law enforcement and data protection officers play in developing ICANN policies that address the treatment of personal data.

Details on WS#149 are here: http://ipjustice.org/wp/2014/08/25/igf-2014-workshop-on-aligning-icann-policy-with-privacy-rights-of-internet-users/

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Yale ISP, Pranesh Prakash, Academic

Council of Europe, Lee Hibbard, Inter-Governmental

ICANN's Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG), Rafik Dammak, Civil Society

Federal Office of Communication of Switzerland, Thomas Schneider, Government

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report


Type of session


Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#privacy #ICANN #dataprotection

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Article 29 Working Party
Sjoera Nas
S/H: Government

Public Interest Registry (PIR)
Paul Diaz
S/H: Technical Community

Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Joy Liddicoat
S/H: Civil Society

Richard Leaning
S/H: Law Enforcement

University of Toronto
Stephanie Perrin
S/H: Academic

Key-Systems GmbH (registrar)
Volker Griemann
S/H: Private Sector

Name of Moderator(s)

Pranesh Prakash, Yale ISP

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Rafik Dammak, NCSG

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

Brief introductory remarks from each panelist followed by moderated discussion among panelists on key questions. Most of the time will be spent on open discussion among panelists and with the audience. 20-30 minutes of Q & A from audience and remote participants.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

Remote participants can send questions or comments in advance with the Twitter hashtag that will be advertised in advance and during the session.

Background paper

No background paper provided

Brief substantive summary of the workshop and presentation of the main issues that were raised during the discussions

How ICANN's whois policy fails to respect national and international privacy rights with presentations from Article 29 Working Party and privacy advocates. EUROPOL explained the reasons law enforcement needs legitimate access to personal information. European registrars explain the difficult position they are put in by ICANN to risk violating privacy laws because of ICANN's policy. The UN Human Rights Council is recognizing online privacy as a fundamental human right. The reasons why ICANN has never included privacy experts and privacy officials in its deliberations was examined by panelists.

Conclusions drawn from the workshop and possible follow up actions

ICANN should include data protection commissioners and privacy rights experts in its policy discussions, GAC discussions, and "law enforcement" discussions as part of its policy development process in order to ensure ICANN's policies do not continue to violate the privacy rights of Internet users.

Estimation of the overall number of participants present at the workshop


Estimation of the overall number of women present at the workshop

about half of the participants were women

Extent to that the workshop discuss gender equality and/or women’s empowerment

it was not seen as related to the workshop’s theme and was not raised

A brief summary of the discussions in case that the workshop addressed issues related to gender equality and/or women’s empowerment

No information provided

Reported by

No information provided

Workshop transcript


Youtube video



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