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29 Mar 2007
Last week I noted here that cutting off collapsed domain Registerfly will leave a huge problem for registrants. ICANN is supposed to have escrowed copies of each registrar's registrant data, but has never got around to setting that up. This means that unless Registerfly can supply the data, there may be no record of the actual owner of their domains.
According to a story by AP reporter Nick Jesdanun, it looks like that's the case:
ICANN said it may automatically transfer customers to a competing registrar, but it said it does not have all the necessary data, largely because of the use of anonymous proxy services.
I would ask what ICANN thinks they're doing, but what's the point?
Update: ICANN's lawyers sent Registerfly another letter saying they better cough up that registrant data pronto Or Else. At this point it's hard to imagine why Registerfly wouldn't have provided the data if they had it, so my working assumption continues to be that they don't.
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