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EFF sues ICANN over corporate records

The Electronic Frontier Foundation said it has sued the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in Superior Court in Los Angeles County, accusing the organization of illegally stonewalling a board member who requested access to corporate records. The EFF claims that for nine months, ICANN failed to turn over records requested by board member Karl Auerbach. Then, before agreeing to share the records, ICANN issued a new policy requiring Auerbach to refrain from discussing the records without the approval of the organization's management. The EFF claims those actions violate California laws allowing directors access to records. ICANN, which is charged with administering domain names, has repeatedly come under fire for being too secretive. Several members of Congress have called for hearings into ICANN's practices.

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation said it has sued the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in Superior Court in Los Angeles County, accusing the organization of illegally stonewalling a board member who requested access to corporate records. The EFF claims that for nine months, ICANN failed to turn over records requested by board member Karl Auerbach. Then, before agreeing to share the records, ICANN issued a new policy requiring Auerbach to refrain from discussing the records without the approval of the organization's management.

    The EFF claims those actions violate California laws allowing directors access to records. ICANN, which is charged with administering domain names, has repeatedly come under fire for being too secretive. Several members of Congress have called for hearings into ICANN's practices.