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Contracted Party Advisories

Please note that the English language version of all translated content and documents are the official versions and that translations in other languages are for informational purposes only.

The following advisories and announcements posted by ICANN concern topics of interest to ICANN Contracted Parties:

18 April 2024 Advisory: Guidance to Registry Operator regarding escrowing Registrar's Abuse Contact Information
21 February 2024

Advisory: Clarifications to the Registry and Registrar Requirements for Whois Data Directory Services

5 February 2024 Advisory: Compliance With DNS Abuse Obligations in the Registrar Accreditation Agreement and the Registry Agreement
10 November 2022 Advisory: Fees Related to Requests for gTLD Registration Data Access
27 June 2022 Chinese Privacy Law and its Impact on Registration Data Disclosure

Updated 25 May 2018

2 November 2017

NOTE: The adoption of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data has superseded this advisory.

Statement from Contractual Compliance

8 June 2017 Advisory, New gTLD Registry Agreement Specification 11 (3)(b)
16 November 2015 Clarifications to the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) Whois Accuracy Specification
30 September 2015 RAA Insurance FAQs
24 September 2015 Transfer Policy Implementation Update
26 August 2015 gTLD Registry Advisory: Correction of non-compliant ROIDs
10 August 2015 ICANN Posts Amended Description of 2013 RAA Data Retention Specification Data Elements and Purposes for Collection/Retention
31 July 2013 Advisory: Registrar Implementation of the 2013 RAA's Whois Requirements
Updated 8 December 2011 Advisory Concerning Posting of Registrar Fees for Restoring Deleted Domain Names
17 December 2009 Advisory Concerning Posting of Registrar Fees for Restoring Deleted Domain Names
5 October 2009 Advisory: Availability of Bulk Transfers in Individual gTLDs
15 May 2009 Advisory: OnlineNIC Transfer Issues Resolved
17 December 2008 Advisory: Add Grace Period Limits Policy
3 April 2008 ICANN Issues Advisory Regarding the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy
21 September 2004 Advisory: Registrar Expired Name Market Developments
12 July 2004 Announcement of the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy
9 July 2004 SSAC Wildcard Report: A Report from the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) on Redirection in the COM and NET Domains
19 March 2004 Ten New Sponsored TLD Applications Received
20 February 2004 ICANN approves temporary procedures to improve the transfer mechanism for IDN registrations
17 February 2004 New ICANN Staff Appointments
13 November 2003 U.S. Federal Court Denies Plaintiffs' Request for Preliminary Injunction in Dotster v. ICANN Lawsuit
3 October 2003 Advisory Concerning Demand to Remove VeriSign's Wildcard
20 June 2003 Deployment of Internationalized Domain Names
16 June 2003 Whois Data Reminder Policy Posted
3 April 2003 Registrar Advisory Concerning the "15-day Period" in Whois Accuracy Requirements
21 February 2003 Registry Monthly Reports Now Available on ICANN Website
7 January 2003 Advisory Concerning .org Transition
29 December 2002 Advisory Concerning Settlement of .biz Class-Action Lawsuits
14 October 2002 ICANN Board Selects New .org Registry Operator
3 September 2002 ICANN Announces Steps to Improve Whois Data Accuracy
6 June 2002 Registrar Advisory Concerning Registration Transfers Within the Auto-Renew Grace Period
10 May 2002 Registrar Advisory Concerning Whois Data Accuracy
8 April 2002 Advisory Concerning Deceptive Notices from "XChange Dispute Resolution"
12 February 2002 Registrar Advisory Concerning Inappropriate Lending of Registry Access
12 December 2001 Advisory Concerning VeriSign Global Registry Services' ".com/.net Promotion"
12 October 2001 Advisory Concerning Smiley Litigation
23 August 2001 Third Advisory Concerning Equitable Allocation of Shared Registration System Resources
14 August 2001 Advisory Concerning Unqualified .info "Sunrise" Registrations
10 August 2001 Second Advisory Concerning Equitable Allocation of Shared Registration System Resources
16 July 2001 Equitable Allocation of Shared Registration System Resources
9 July 2001 "A Unique, Authoritative Root for the DNS" Finalized
15 February 2001 Announcement Concerning "Electronic Domain Name Monitoring"
2 February 2001 Third Advisory Concerning v. Verio Litigation
26 December 2000 Second Advisory Concerning v. Verio Litigation
16 November 2000 Consumer Alert from US Federal Trade Commission: "Domain Name Registration Scams"
3 November 2000 Advisory Concerning Regland Litigation
29 September 2000 ICANN Update - Names Council Warns Pre-Registration of Speculative New Domain Names Is Premature
24 September 2000 Advisory Concerning v. Verio Litigation
7 July 2000 Drops Lawsuit, Agrees to ICANN's Terms
20 June 2000 Advisory Concerning Afternic Litigation
7 January 2000 Comment Concerning Trailing-Hyphen Domain Names Issued
Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."