.Pharmacy and vTLD Consortium Meet With Public Safety Working Group to Discuss Best Practices for Protecting Consumers Online

March 30, 2017

Representatives of the .Pharmacy Verified Websites Program and the Verified Top-Level Domain (vTLD) Consortium met with the Public Safety Working Group (PSWG) on March 14, 2017, during the 58th international conference of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN58) in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss best practices for achieving consumer safety online. Established in February 2015 as an internal working group of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee, the PSWG focuses on aspects of internet governance that involve public safety. Representatives presented vTLDs, such as .pharmacy, .bank, and others, as a means of building trust and supporting global public safety online.

The PSWG featured an article about the .Pharmacy Program and the vTLD Consortium, “Verified TLDs: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” in its March 2017 newsletter. As stated in the article, law enforcement authorities face increasingly complex jurisdictional issues when investigating internet crime. Further, some registry operators and registrars are reluctant to take action when criminal activity is suspected. “But when TLD registries have a vested interest in maintaining the integrity of their domain,” the article states, “law enforcement as well as governmental regulatory efforts can be effectively multiplied. This coordination between public safety and internet industry dramatically improves public protection online.”