Rod Beckstrom the CEO of ICANN just told theHill.com, that applicants who looks at other applicants info in an attempt “to gain an unfair edge over their competitors” may have their own application denied.
In an interview with The Hill, he noted that ICANN has “ultimate authority” over approving all applications and said the organization will examine whether any groups used a recent system glitch to look at the applications of their rivals.
“If we were concerned with any parties’ actions, one could hypothetically imagine that well could be taken into consideration [of whether to approve their applications],” Beckstrom said.
“He said ICANN officials will be able to tell whether any groups changed their applications after using the glitch to snoop on their competitors.”
Denial of an application would mean a $185,000 loss in fees to the applicant, however depending on what information an applicant saw and what in reaction they made upon seeing the info, a denial of the application would seem fair under certain circumstances.
Say there was one application for a certain generic string and upon seeing that application another applicant went ahead an applied for that unique string, that would certainly be an action for which I could see a denial of application.
I actually had a post ready to publish on this topic basically calling on ICANN to deny an application where an applicant viewed sensitive material and then acted upon it but with this story we will scrub ours as it seems ICANN is already on top of the issue.