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ICANN reveals .TMI when posting details of domain name submissions

June 15, 2012|By Michelle Maltais
  • The U.S.-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) revealed details of 1,930 requests for new Web address endings at a press conference in London. A screen shows a rolling feed of names for which applications have been submitted.
The U.S.-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)… (Andrew Cowie/AFP/GettyImages )

Too bad ICANN didn't register .D'oh or .TMI itself.

In the second recent big glitch in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' process to expand domains beyond the era of .com, the domain name administrator inadvertently revealed a little too much information when it posted details about the previously secret names submitted.

The information online included the mailing addresses and contact information of some applicants, details that were to remain private.

Following reports of the leak on Thursday, ICANN pulled down the information to review the complaints.

The group posted this message: "It has come to our attention that we have published the postal addresses of some primary and secondary contacts for new generic top-level domain applications. This information was not intended for publication. The addresses appeared as responses to portions of questions six and seven on the application."

Access to the document has since been restored, minus the contact information and application details.

Earlier in the application process, just before the final submissions were due, ICANN experienced a sizable technical glitch in its top-level domain application system, postponing the deadline and reveal date.

The 1,930 names were finally revealed on Wednesday, now opening the process to public comment.

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