Registry Code of Conduct


Appendix I — Registry Code of Conduct

Public Interest Registry (PIR) will at all times operate as a trusted neutral third-party provider of DNS Registry Services. PIR recognizes that domain names are the means by which businesses, consumers, and individuals gain access to, navigate, and reap the benefits of the global Internet. These benefits cannot be fully realized, however, unless DNS resources are administered in a fair, efficient, and neutral manner that makes them available to all parties desiring to provide DNS services. To ensure the provision of neutral Registry Services, PIR will comply with the following Code of Conduct.

  1. Neither PIR or any of its subcontractors will, directly or indirectly, show any preference or provide any special consideration to any company, person or entity that is a DNS registry provider or registrar services provider, as those terms are defined by ICANN, including the registry or registrar owned by a member of the subcontractor, Afilias.

  2. All registrars accredited by ICANN who are authorized to register domain names in the .ORG registry shall have equal access to Registry Services provided by PIR.

  3. PIR and its subcontractors shall not in any way attempt to register domain names in their own right, except for names designated for operational purposes in compliance with Subsection 3.6.1 or 3.6.2 of the Registry Agreement. In its monthly report to ICANN, PIR shall include a list of all names designated for operational purposes..

  4. Any shareholder, subsidiary, affiliate, or other related entity of PIR or Afilias that also operates as a provider of registrar services shall maintain separate books of account with respect to its registrar operations.

  5. Neither PIR or Afilias, nor their owners, subsidiaries, affiliates, or other related entities shall have access to user data or proprietary information of a registrar served by PIR, except as necessary for registry management and operations.

  6. PIR and Afilias will ensure that no user data or proprietary information from any registrar is disclosed to their affiliates, subsidiaries, or other related entities, except as necessary for registry management and operations.

  7. Confidential information about PIR's business services will not be shared with employees of any DNS services provider, except as necessary for registry management and operations.

  8. PIR will conduct internal neutrality reviews on a regular basis. In addition, PIR and ICANN may mutually agree on an independent party that ICANN may hire, at ICANN's expense, to conduct a neutrality review of PIR, ensuring that PIR complies with all the provisions of this Registry Operator Code of Conduct. The neutrality review may be conducted as often as once per year. PIR will provide the analyst with reasonable access to information and records appropriate to complete the review. The results of the review will be provided to ICANN and shall be deemed to be confidential and proprietary information of PIR.



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