Council Co-Chair Shane Tews began by asking the Council to approve the August Minutes for the record. The Council approved.

Kimberly Miller of Neustar presented the .US Registry Based Privacy Service Plan. This Neustar recommendation addresses these key considerations for the implementation of privacy services in the .US TLD:

  • Provides an authoritative, accurate, real-time private WHOIS database that is quickly and easily accessible in response to lawful requests from law enforcement;
  • Provides a seamless process that will incentivize registrars to offer .US domain names to those interested in privacy-protected registration;
  • Simple to administer, whether the registrant is a commercial or non-commercial entity;
  • And, will generate greater use of the .US domain space.

Additionally, Neustar’s proposal contained two options for Council discussion regarding access to the privatized WHOIS data by law enforcement. The Council members expressed agreement with the key considerations contained in the proposal, however there was much discussion about the two options presented for law enforcement compliance. Option One took the standard gTLD Privacy/Proxy approach wherein Neustar would cooperate with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law, and would disclose information believed necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal process, to protect property rights of rights holders and to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop an activity that is illegal or unethical. Additionally, Option One stated that Neustar would take reasonable steps to notify registrants that it is required to provide the registrants personal information to third parties as part of a legal process. Option Two proposed that Neustar would provide authenticated US law enforcement an API, or interface, to access the centralized authoritative WHOIS database.

The Council expressed more comfort with Option One with Anitha Ibrahim, representing law enforcement, being the only Council member expressing a preference for Option Two. Michele Neylon, Phil Corwin and Anitha Ibrahim offered suggestions for better defining the term law enforcement, narrowing the definition of other key phrases, clarifying the authority of registrars and law enforcement, and language for general policy disclosure. The Secretariat agreed to revise the proposal, taking all of these suggestions into consideration, and then circulate a new draft to the Council for comments, continuing this discussion through the Town Hall with a goal of reaching a conclusion shortly after the Town Hall.

Finally, Crystal Peterson presented a communication plan for the Town Hall. The Council offered its support and Shane Tews concluded the call.

Action Items

  • The Secretariat to revise Option One of the Privacy Proposal Plan and then circulate the new proposal to the Council.
  • The Secretariat to circulate Town Hall promotional items.

Attendees

  • Stacey Cheney
  • Phil Corwin
  • Shane Tews
  • Doug Robinson
  • Anitha Ibrahim
  • James Bladel
  • Michele Neylon

Neustar Participants:

  • Becky Burr
  • Crystal Peterson
  • Kim Miller
  • Cory Lancaster