European Commission responds to JPA

Responding to the recently released JPA, EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media Viviane Redding welcomed the “US government's declared intention to grant more autonomy to ICANN and to end its governmental oversight.” However, the IGP notes that the new JPA does not introduce any guarantee that the relationship will end in 2009. Surprisingly, the EC response also completely overlooks the highly prescriptive approach to Whois policy that was put into the new agreement, which if followed, potentially leaves Whois policy contradicting established privacy policies of many European countries.

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