January 5, 2017
ICANN chair Steve Crocker has informed the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) that ICANN will not pursue registrars for failure to implement its new transfer policy in cases involving privacy protected domain names.
The new transfer policy has been causing problems for registrars and registrants since it came into effect on 1 December 2016 due to a certain number of unforeseen consequences. As we know, the policy requires registrars to send out “change of registrant” emails for acceptance or refusal by the registrant whenever changes (even minor changes such as an email address update) are made to the registries regardless of whether or not there has been a change of registrant.
However, registry updates made by the registrar on privacy protected domain names without any intervention from the registrant have triggered the sending of automatic emails which potentially put the registrant’s privacy at risk.
The ICANN announcement is a temporary measure until a more permanent solution can be found.