I’ve just done a quick story about the 74,000 .eu domains that EURid has suspended and the 400 registrars it is suing.
First of all, thanks to John McCormac who sent me an email earlier today pointing it out with a link to his blog with more info. EURid, I discovered soon after, had stuck up a press release and I called up Patrik Linden at EURid for more info and, as ever, he was incredibly straightforward, honest and helpful.
So the upshot to the registrar scam that came to light almost immediately after the .eu domains were opened to the public back in April is finally being dealt with. Hopefully no one will profit too much by playing the system. None of this removes the fact though that EURid was warned by several big registrars long before they started selling .eu domains that this problem was likely to happen.
If you want to know more, read my story on The Register.
I’ve written a piece for The Register which went up this morning about Nominet having to deal with a US company surreptiously data-mining the Whois details for .uk domains to use in their products.
It’s an interesting story in that it highlights something that most people are really very unaware of, plus helps outline the risks we face in not building sufficient privacy laws with digital technology. Nominet is a rare example of a main Net registry that provides a minimum of Whois information about domain owners and also has an opt-in to remove all information except your name.
This system about thanks to two Australian con-men a few years ago taking the entire Whois for .uk domains and then using it to send people letters telling them they had to pay extension fees to keep their domains. It was a scam, but one that 50,000 Nominet customers were fooled by.
That isn’t my main point however. My main point is that while under European law, the Whois data is copyright and therefore protected, under ICANN rules, all global top-level domains – which means all dotcoms, dotnets, dotorgs etc – have to make all people’s contact details publicly available, and that means home address and telephone number and email address.
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