Various studies that assessed the quality of domain name registration data have collectively shown that the accuracy of the data needs to be improved. In this report, the SSAC examines the feasibility and suitability of improving registration data accuracy through validation. Specifically, the SSAC:
Finally, based on the taxonomy and suitability and feasibility of implementing validations, the SSAC makes the following recommendations for the ICANN community to consider.
Recommendation 1: The SSAC recommends that the ICANN community should consider adopting the terminology outlined in this report in documents and discussions.
Recommendation 2: As the ICANN community discusses validating contact information, the SSAC recommends that the following meta-questions regarding the costs and benefits of registration data validation should be answered:
Recommendation 3: The SSAC recommends that the ICANN community should seek to identify validation techniques that can be automated and to develop policies that incent the development and deployment of those techniques. The use of automated techniques may necessitate an initial investment but the long-term improvement in the quality and accuracy of registration data will be substantial.