New Registrar Accreditation Agreement Approved By ICANN Board

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Agreement clarifies protections for domain site registrants.

In no small way this agreement is transformational for the domain name industry.
-Akram Atallah

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board of Directors today approved a new Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) that is expected to bring continued improvements to the domain name ecosystem.

The agreement follows more than a year of negotiations between ICANN and its Registrar Stakeholders Group and represents marked improvements over the last RAA approved in 2009.

“In no small way is this agreement transformational for the domain name industry,” said Akram Atallah, President of ICANN’s Generic Domains Division. “Our multiple stakeholders weighed in, from law enforcement, to business, to consumers and what we have ended up with is something that affords better protections and positively redefines the domain name industry.”

Among the achievements in the RAA:

•Establishment of a registrar point-of-contact for reporting abuse.
•Verification and validation of WHOIS (domain registrant) data.
•Clear establishment of registrar responsibility for reseller compliance.
•Enhanced compliance tools that include broader suspension and termination tools, clarification     of audit rights, access to information to facilitate ongoing investigations and annual certification requirements.

"On behalf of the Registrar Stakeholder Group and all ICANN accredited registrars, I am pleased the ICANN Board approved the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement, after all of the hard work put in by all parties,” said Matt Serlin, VP, Domain Management, MarkMonitor, Inc. “We will now work on implementation of the numerous new requirements in the 2013 RAA and we hope to continue the interaction with ICANN staff and the broader community in the future, as registrars roll out these changes."

To read the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement, go here:

To watch a video of Generic Domains Division President Akram Atallah’s comments about the 2013 RAA, go here:

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