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2014-06-25 - Cat 1- Cat 2
2014-06-25 Protection of Children
2014-10-16-Safeguard Advice Applicable to all new gTLDs and Category 1 and Category 2 strings
2015-02-11 - Safeguards Advice Applicable to all new gTLDs and Category 1 and Category 2 strings
2015-06-24 gTLD Safeguards
2015-10-21 gTLD Safeguards : Current Round
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- GAC Register of Advice
11 April 2013
The following safeguards are intended to apply to particular categories of new gTLDs as detailed below.
Consumer Protection, Sensitive Strings, and Regulated Markets:
The GAC Advises the ICANN Board:
In the current round the GAC has identified the following non-exhaustive list of strings that the above safeguards should apply to:
.kid, .kids, .kinder, .game, .games, .juegos, .play, .school, .schule, .toys
.earth, .eco, .green, .bio, .organic
Health and Fitness:
.care, .diet, .fit, .fitness, .health, .healthcare, .heart, .hiv, .hospital,, .med, .medical, .organic, .pharmacy, .rehab, .surgery, .clinic, .healthy (IDN Chinese equivalent), .dental, .dentist .doctor, .dds, .physio
capital, . cash, .cashbackbonus, .broker, .brokers, .claims, .exchange, .finance, .financial, .fianancialaid, .forex, .fund, .investments, .lease, .loan, .loans, .market, . markets, .money, .pay, .payu, .retirement, .save, .trading, .autoinsurance, .bank, .banque, .carinsurance, .credit, .creditcard, .creditunion,.insurance, .insure, ira, .lifeinsurance, .mortgage, .mutualfunds, .mutuelle, .netbank, .reit, .tax, .travelersinsurance, .vermogensberater, .vermogensberatung and .vesicherung.
.bet, .bingo, .lotto, .poker, and .spreadbetting, .casino
.care, .gives, .giving, .charity (and IDN Chinese equivalent)
degree, .mba, .university
.audio, .book (and IDN equivalent), .broadway, .film, .game, .games, .juegos, .movie, .music, .software, .song, .tunes, .fashion (and IDN equivalent), .video, .app, .art, .author, .band, .beats, .cloud (and IDN equivalent), .data, .design, .digital, .download, .entertainment, .fan, .fans, .free, .gratis, .discount, .sale, .hiphop, .media, .news, .online, .pictures, .radio, .rip, .show, .theater, .theatre, .tour, .tours, .tvs, .video, .zip
.abogado, .accountant, .accountants, .architect, .associates, .attorney, .broker, .brokers, .cpa, .doctor, .dentist, .dds, .engineer, .lawyer, .legal, .realtor, .realty, .vet
.corp, .gmbh, .inc, .limited, .llc, .llp, .ltda, .ltd, .sarl, .srl, .sal
Generic Geographic Terms:
.town, .city, .capital
Inherently Governmental Functions
.army, .navy, .airforce
In addition, applicants for the following strings should develop clear policies and processes to minimise the risk of cyber bullying/harassment
.fail, .gripe, .sucks, .wtf
 Austria, Germany, and Switzerland support requirements for registry operators to develop registration policies that allow only travel-related entities to register domain names. Second Level Domains should have a connection to travel industries and/or its customers
The GAC further advises the Board:
1. In addition, some of the above strings may require further targeted safeguards, to address specific risks, and to bring registry policies in line with arrangements in place offline. In particular, a limited subset of the above strings are associated with market sectors which have clear and/or regulated entry requirements (such as: financial, gambling, professional services, environmental, health and fitness, corporate identifiers, and charity) in multiple jurisdictions, and the additional safeguards below should apply to some of the strings in those sectors:
6. At the time of registration, the registry operator must verify and validate the registrants’ authorisations, charters, licenses and/or other related credentials for participation in that sector.
7. In case of doubt with regard to the authenticity of licenses or credentials, Registry Operators should consult with relevant national supervisory authorities, or their equivalents.
8. The registry operator must conduct periodic post-registration checks to ensure registrants’ validity and compliance with the above requirements in order to ensure they continue to conform to appropriate regulations and licensing requirements and generally conduct their activities in the interests of the consumers they serve.
GAC Acknowledgement of Register Entry
GAC: 2 May 2013
Board: 9 May 2013
Next Steps/Required Action
The NGPC is also developing a GAC Scorecard similar to the one used during the GAC and the Board meetings in Brussels on 28 February and 1 March 2011.
Each scorecard item will be noted with a "1A" "1B" or "2"
1A: Indicates that the NGPC's proposed position is consistent with GAC Advice as described in the Scorecard.
1B: Indicates that the NGPC's proposed position is consistent with GAC Advice as described in the Scorecard in principle, with some revisions to be made.
2: Indicates that the NGPC's current position is not consistent with GAC advice as described in the Scorecard and further discussion with the GAC is required following the relevant procedures in the ICANN Bylaws.
Target Completion Date
Current Status/Communications Log
6 June 2013: NGPC Scorecard
8 September 2013: NGPC Scorecard
The NGPC continues to deliberate on how to implement the GAC’s advice concerning exclusive registry access for strings representing generic terms. As previously noted, twelve applicants responded that the TLD would be operated as an exclusive access registry. These 12 applicants have applied for the following strings: .BROKER, .CRUISE, .DATA, .DVR, .GROCERY, .MOBILE, .PHONE, .STORE, .THEATER, .THEATRE and .TIRES.
Board Action (Accept/Disagree)
Board Acknowledgement of Completion
GAC Acknowledgement of Completion