15 April 2014
Reporter: Tammy Facey

Nominet tackles criminal domains

The .uk registry Nominet has promised to come down hard on websites engaging in criminal conduct.

In a bid to tackle crime in the UK namespace, Nominet has reviewed its registration policy for domain names ending .uk.

The registry received 170 written submissions from stakeholders in response to a public consultation, which Lord MacDonald, director of public prosecutions, reviewed.

Policies were subsequently rewritten to include the suspension of domains, if they are being used for criminal activities.

Commenting on the changes, Lesley Cowley, CEO of Nominet, said: “As the .uk registry, we are determined to play our part. Trust in the UK namespace is vital, so we are doing everything a trustworthy registry should.”

"It’s established practice at Nominet to cooperate with law enforcement agencies—we believe that the UK namespace has an enviable record of trust and safety,” she added.

The .uk registry already works with City of London’s intellectual property crime unit, PIPCU, to monitor and eradicate criminal infringement in the namespace.

A spokesperson for Nominet said: “When alerted by PIPCU as to criminal use of a .uk domain, we review each request—and check for example that it’s not already cancelled or part of an existing legal process—and then work with our registrars to suspend the domain quickly.”

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