The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking public comment on the proposed implementation of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Thick Whois Policy Development Process (PDP) recommendation requiring the provision of thick Whois services for all registries of generic top level domains (gTLDs). As the registries for .com. .net, and .jobs are the only ones currently providing thin Whois services, the proposed implementation policy concerns them.
The difference between thin and thick registration data is described by ICANN as follows:
The implementation proposal under public comment requires the registry operators to deploy an EPP mechanism and an alternative bulk transfer mechanism for registrars to migrate registration data for Existing Domain Names so that Registrars can migrate to the relevant registry operator all required fields of Existing Domain Names that are available in the registrar database that enable the registry operator to comply with WHOIS and web-based directory services requirements. Two implementation dates are also proposed:
To contribute to this consultation, visit the dedicated webpage.