ICANN, Data Protection and the GDPR

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

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Session 197

16:30–18:15, Thursday, 22 March 2018 Popov Room 1, ITU Tower Thematic Workshop Speakers/Panellists  Link to WSIS Action Lines  Link to SDGs  Documents  Related Links 

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This Session will look at the importance of data protection, in particular, with respect to the information handled by Registrars and Registries with respect to the issuance of domain names, the current implications of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how this could affect the WHOIS (the global directory of registration data for domain names).

Reference will be made, by ICANN, to a recent proposed "Model" for compliance with the GDPR (see link below)

Participants in this Roundtable will, ICANN staff, ICANN Community members (including governments), businesses and UN Missions in Geneva

The Session will also discuss, among other issues, how other regional data protection initiatives will affect DNS / Internet  players in other parts of the world.


1.  Introductions and Objectives of Workshop – Tarek Kamel


2.  ICANN and GDPR - A way forward for WHOIS - Theresa and then panel contributions


3. Global Data Protection Developments – Panel contributions  


4. Roundtable discussion on ICANN, Data Protection and GDPR  


5.  Audience participation


6. Wrap up


Tarek Kamel, Senior Adviser to ICANN President and CEO for Government Engagement


Tarek Kamel, Senior Adviser to ICANN President and CEO for Government Engagement

Theresa Swinehart; Senior Adviser to the President and CEO of ICANN on Global Strategy

William J. Drake, International Fellow & Lecturer, Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich

Dr. Chérif DIALLO – Ministry of ICT; Senegal – GAC Deputy Chair

Bakarr Tarawally  - Ministry of ICT; Sierra Leone, GAC member

Paul Mitchell – Microsoft

Peter Micek -  General Counsel, Access Now




Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C5 logo C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • AL C11 logo C11. International and regional cooperation

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


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