gTLD WHOIS Privacy and Proxy Relay and Reveal Survey Now Live

ICANN logoAs part of a broader examination of gTLD WHOIS, ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council is seeking to gain further insight into the origination and handling of “relay” and “reveal” requests says a posting on the ICANN Blog.

ICANN is seeking input from providers of privacy and proxy registration, from those who interact or communicate with privacy and proxy providers (in particular those who make relay and reveal requests), from registrars, and from other interested parties, the posting continues.

The article goes on to say the objective is that any potential future policy-making and any efforts to develop or support standardized procedures, tools, formats, etc., be based on data that accurately and broadly represent the experiences of those who use these aspects of the WHOIS system.

There is now a brief survey underway that the ICANN Blog post says can help lay the foundation for significant future studies. The survey is intended:

  • To gauge the feasibility of an in-depth study of relay and reveal requests,
  • To assess the willingness and ability of request originators, privacy/proxy providers, registrars and other interested parties to participate in and provide data to an in-depth study,
  • To identify factors that would promote or inhibit participation in an in-depth study, and
  • To offer individuals and organizations who may be willing to participate an opportunity to identify themselves.

The survey, together with additional background information, can be found at The survey will run until at least 31 October.

The full posting on the ICANN Blog is available from