gTLD WHOIS Privacy and Proxy Relay and Reveal Survey Now Live

by Liz Gasster on September 15, 2011

As 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. A relay request is a request to forward a message to the registrant of a domain registered using a privacy service. A reveal request is a request to reveal the identity of the licensee of a domain registered using a proxy service.

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 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.

By taking a brief survey, you 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.

Participating in this survey is an opportunity for your voice to be heard and for your practical needs to be considered in the design and conduct of potential future studies.

The survey is available in English, French, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Spanish.

The survey, together with additional background information, can be found at The survey will run until at least 31 October 2011, however we do encourage interested parties to respond as early as possible.

For additional information, contact

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

John 11.11.11 at 7:08 am

What were the results of this survey? This is something I would really like to know.

Eurocopter X3 11.13.11 at 11:55 am

Ah… I missed the date, does anyone know if there will be another survey like this? Sure would like to help…

Regards, Mike

Robinson R22 11.13.11 at 12:00 pm

I took the survey a couple of weeks back, but did not find the results. Any news on that maybe?

AB 11.13.11 at 12:08 pm

Missed the date. Will there be another survey?

antodoms 11.13.11 at 12:14 pm

Looks like I missed the date tooo… :( Is there any time limit to it or we can take survey anytime ??

@robinson …. How much time it took for the survey??? Is it worth…??

Nick 11.13.11 at 12:20 pm

Will the results be open to public?

Sagar 11.13.11 at 12:43 pm

Missed the survey, but where can I find the results?

Ayush Gupta 11.13.11 at 2:52 pm

hey what was the result? Please post the results

NewTLDs 11.24.11 at 6:31 pm

When the results of the survey be made public?

John Berryhill 01.30.12 at 1:27 pm

Well, that was fun. I wonder what the results were?

Liz Gasster 01.31.12 at 12:55 pm

Thanks to alert contributor John Berryhill for asking about this ongoing effort. The survey is complete and Interisle Consulting Group is preparing a draft feasibility report. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the report before it is finalized. The report will examine whether it is feasible to conduct a study of relay and reveal requests made of Privacy and Proxy Service Providers. Watch this space for more information as it becomes available:

Liz Gasster 06.22.12 at 7:29 am

Please note that the draft report has been published for public commment, announcement here:

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