DK Hostmaster has sent draft for new terms and conditions for the right of use to a .dk domain name in public hearing until February 7, 2020. The new terms are sent in hearing in order to establish the transparency that DK Hostmaster must ensure according to the Danish Act on Internet Domains.
The reason for changing the terms is DK Hostmaster's continued efforts to create security and safety in the .dk zone on the internet. With the new terms, a registrant of a .dk domain name will easier be able to protect the domain name. At the same time, the society’s need to ensure that a registrant’s identity information in DK Hostmaster’s database is correct is taken into account.
Freedom of choice for registrants
The terms reflect a significant expansion of the Danish model for administration of domain names. As something new, a registrant may choose an arrangement where a company that sells domain names may offer the registrant to handle a domain name (registrar handling). Among other things, it is the intention of this arrangement to make it easier for the registrant to have the domain name paid in time and thus secure the continued right of use.
It will still be possible for a registrant to handle his or her domain name himself, optionally using a proxy or a billing contact (registrant handling).
Strengthened control of registrant information
With the new terms, a registrant will in the future have to pay extra attention to e-mails from DK Hostmaster requesting documentation for correct identity information. The deadline for submitting documentation will be 25 days.
This change is because, with a forthcoming amendment to the Announcement on the internet domain .dk, an investigation of a registrant’s identity information must be conducted if DK Hostmaster receives a request with a reasoned suspicion that the information is not accurate. This is an extension of the control that DK Hostmaster already carries out today on its own initiative. The consequence of missing documentation is suspension and subsequent deletion of the domain name.
In the future, a domain name will be suspended for only 30 days before being deleted, in the case that it has not been paid, compared to today three months.
The terms also support the registrars' efforts to increase the distribution and promotion of the security technology, DNSSEC.
Responses to the hearing
Draft of the new terms and conditions for the right of use to a .dk domain can be read here. Up until and including February 7, 2020, DK Hostmaster receives hearing response submitted to Legal Manager, Henriette Vignal-Schjøth, email@example.com.