Hello ICANN, please meet John Doe from Antarctica

I was checking out the ICANN Meetings page and noticed that they’ve recently added a “ICANN meetings update” mailing list, with a pretty prominent form for subscription. Of course, just an e-mail address isn’t enough for ICANN: Mandatory informati…

I was checking out the ICANN Meetings page and noticed that they’ve recently added a “ICANN meetings update” mailing list, with a pretty prominent form for subscription.Of course, just an e-mail address isn’t enough for ICANN: Mandatory information for subscribing to the list includes name and company; they also ask for the country. The subscription form claims that “ICANN will not sell or make available any of your information to a third-party without your consent” — however, the list is actually hosted at Constant Contact, an e-mail marketing company. Of course, no indication is given for what purpose the name, company, and country information will be processed, and what Constant Contact (not ICANN!) will do with the information.Somehow, it’s fitting that the organization that’s been dragging along WHOIS policy making for ages behaves that cluelessly when it comes to dealing with community members’ data protection.