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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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..
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.