[AfrICANN-discuss] Advisory: Registrar Implementation of the 2013 RAA's Whois Requirements

Seun Ojedeji seun.ojedeji at gmail.com
Sun Aug 4 10:16:45 SAST 2013

Just a note; I don't think the last update of whois database field be
updated by an individual. It should be an automated field.
As at the last time I checked; the database does not perform any form of
integrity check on the date supplied (i.e whether it's past or present or
future). It just accepts any date!

PS: This was tried against the AFRINIC whois database (my observation may
not apply generally)

sent from Google nexus 4
On 1 Aug 2013 23:13, "Glen de Saint Géry" <Glen at icann.org> wrote:

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> https://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-31jul13-en.htm***
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> Advisory: Registrar Implementation of the 2013 RAA's Whois Requirements
> 31 July 2013****Purpose****
> This advisory is intended to help registrars understand which Whois fields
> must be populated pursuant to the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement<https://www.icann.org/en/resources/registrars/raa/approved-with-specs-27jun13-en.htm>immediately upon their signing of the agreement and which are not required
> until 1 January 2014.****
> Background****
> The 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement ("RAA"), like earlier forms of
> the registrar accreditation agreement, requires registrars to operate
> web-based and port 43 Whois services that provide public access to certain
> enumerated registration data fields. Section 3.3.1<https://www.icann.org/en/resources/registrars/raa/approved-with-specs-27jun13-en.htm#3.3.1>of the RAA specifies required data fields, such as the name and address of
> the registered name holder, and name, address, email address, and phone
> number of the administration and technical contacts for each domain name
> (among other required data elements). ****
> The 2013 RAA, unlike previous versions of the registrar accreditation
> agreement, also includes a Registration Data Directory Service (Whois)
> Specification<https://www.icann.org/en/resources/registrars/raa/approved-with-specs-27jun13-en.htm#bookmark2>which, among other things, describes a mandatory format registrars must use
> when publishing Whois data. This format includes a number of fields that
> were not required by earlier versions of the RAA. As examples, the
> Registration Data Directory Service (Whois) Specification requires
> registrars to include in their Whois output the email address and telephone
> number of the registrar's abuse point of contact as well as the IDs or
> handles used by the registry to identify the domain name and its contacts.
> ****
> Because the 2013 RAA includes a number of new operational responsibilities
> for registrars that could reasonably take weeks or months to implement, the
> agreement also incorporates a Transition Addendum<https://www.icann.org/en/resources/registrars/raa/approved-with-specs-27jun13-en.htm#bookmark21>.
> The Transition Addendum describes a number of obligations for which ICANN
> will not require registrar compliance until 1 January 2014. By way of
> example, registrars are not required to fully implement an abuse
> point-of-contact (see section 3.18<https://www.icann.org/en/resources/registrars/raa/approved-with-specs-27jun13-en.htm#3>of the RAA) until 1 January 2014.
> ****
> Some registrars have asked ICANN to clarify whether they must immediately
> begin populating Whois data with fields, such as the abuse point-of-contact
> email address and telephone number, even though they are not yet required
> to comply with the underlying obligation.****
> Required Whois Fields****
> The Transition Addendum to the RAA explicitly references a list of RAA
> provisions for which registrar compliance is not required until 1 January
> 2014. The Registration Data Directory Service (Whois) Specification is not
> included within that list of provisions. Accordingly, registrars are
> immediately required to comply with obligations described in that
> specification, including the obligation to format Whois data as defined in
> the specification. Registrars are not, however, required to include in
> their Whois output, data elements that don't yet exist or are not already
> in the registrar's possession. This includes reference to the items for
> which compliance is not yet required.****
> To be clear, registrars who are subject to the 2013 RAA must continue to
> include all of the fields described in section 3.3.1 of the RAA in their
> Whois output and the data elements they have within their possession.
> Registrars are not, however, required to include the following fields in
> their Whois output until 1 January 2014 (although registrars may, and are
> encouraged to, comply earlier):****
> Registry Domain ID
> Registrar Abuse Contact Email
> Registrar Abuse Contact Phone
> Domain Status
> Registry Registrant ID
> Registrant Phone
> Registrant Phone Ext
> Registrant Fax
> Registrant Fax Ext
> Registrant Email:
> Registry Admin ID
> Registry Tech ID
> Last update of WHOIS database****
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