ICANN accredited registrars and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers have opened negotiations to amend and update the current Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). The negotiations are in response to the development of a list of recommendations made by law enforcement agencies and the broader Internet community to provide increased protections for registrants and greater security overall.

The face-to-face negotiations will occur regularly with the intention to arrive at a new agreement prior to ICANN’s 43rd public meeting, scheduled for 11-16 March 2012 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

To ensure transparency, registrars and ICANN will update the community regarding the substance and progress of negotiations. Decision rationale will be included as part of those communications and at the time the new agreement is published for public comment.