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Article 29 Working Party: ICANN Updates May Be Unlawful

PRIVACY LAW—EU

October 2, 2012

As the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) updates its Registrar Accreditation Agreement, the European Commission’s Article 29 Working Party has said some of the changes may be illegal, Infosecurity Magazine reports. The Working Party has written to ICANN to address its annual re-verification of contact details, which it calls “excessive and therefore unlawful” and a new data retention proposal that would keep personal information on registrants including phone numbers, e-mail addresses and credit card data, “for two years after the registration ceases,” the report states. The Working Party says such retention “does not stem from any legal requirement in Europe” and there is no “legitimate purpose” for the data collection.
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