Spring Cleaning – ICANN cleans up in the WHOIS

Spring Cleaning in the Domain Name System: a new initiative aims to clean up the WHOIS database to erroneous entries Internet governance ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).

To find out who keeps registers a specific domain, usually a glance at the so called WHOIS database. Similarly to the commercial register or land register, there is usually public and free of cost, who is behind a domain name; only a few endings like .tv do not allow free access to the WHOIS look. The WHOIS databases allow not only the domain registrar an easy communication with the owner, but not used least in the case of an infringement at about grabbing to make the injured locate. With ever-increasing number of domains registered therefore a growing need to keep the WHOIS data up to date and accurate. In recent years, ICANN has taken initial steps to keep the WHOIS problems under control. So stops about Internic an online form available through which you can report inaccurate Whois records; the domain owner threatened in this case, measures up to the cancellation of his address.

But these steps do not seem to meet ICANN why you want to perform in 2007 a so-called “audit”, in which both the WHOIS database itself and fault management is to be tested especially on the part of the registrars. The test is done by email or telephone without prior notice, and includes in doubt a required within a certain period response of the owner. However, the domain registrars threatening trouble: who failed to make the necessary WHOIS information or complete, must also reckon with measures of ICANN. ICANN wants to test it weekly three randomly selected generic domains at any registrar. In practice, there are two extreme opposite: one action as in the case of familyalbum.com than GoDaddy because of an incorrect e-mail address with otherwise correct data bearer allegedly could not reach and the domain summarily deleted, and any other name not called registrars who do not respond to requests to simply wrong WHOIS entries.

The DENIC will include in its conditions for .de domains that if false Whois information of the domain Agreement may be terminated for good cause. Who keeps a domain should already pay their own interest to keeping its WHOIS data up to date. This will ensure that you remain accessible to third parties. And to top it all so many willing to buy a domain prospect is with his bid failed because a contact to the domain owner was impossible.