Registrar Data Escrow (RDE) is an ICANN mandated process that registrars must follow in order to store a copy of the customer’s whois information with a third party. Smaller registrars will deposit the information weekly (larger registrars in higher frequencies) on the FTP server of the RDE provider in an encrypted format. Should your registrar go out of business, this would be the information passed on to the new registrar who takes over the domains and your clients. Going forward registrars offering whois privacy services will be obliged to deposit the underlying whois information (without privacy) with the escrow provider.
ICANN has selected Iron Mountain as a Registrar Data Escrow provider, but registrars can select other providers as well after their approval through ICANN. If the registrar uses Iron Mountain, there are no additional charges to be paid as ICANN is paying for their fees. Some registrar system providers might however charge fees in order to enable the deposit service on their end.Last modified: November 14, 2016 / Created: Friday, July 12th, 2013