First internet registrar ‘de-authorised’

The company did not meet security standards expected of a registrar

The first action in New Zealand has been taken to “de-authorise” an internet registrar – to remove its authority to register domain names.

The company, Domain Name Management Services Ltd (DNMSL) had been spoken to by the Domain Name Commissioner’s Office and the central .nz registry for various breaches of security standards, says Commissioner Debbie Monahan.

It then came under fire for registering customer’s names to an affiliate company of its own, instead of to the customer themselves. This meant the customer had no freedom to change registrar should they wish to, as they did not officially own the name.

The DNC says she has “been working with DNMSL for an extended period about whether it met the standards expected of a registrar.”

The matter was discussed with InternetNZ’s .nz oversight committee, at a meeting in mid-December, and the committee backed the Commissioner.

“NZOC endorses the Domain Name Commissioner’s recommendation that DNMSL be de-authorised as a .nz registrar,” says the minutes of the meeting.

“NZOC rejects entirely DNMSL’s allegations of bias, predetermination or dishonesty against the DNC. These allegations are baseless.

“NZOC found no grounds to challenge the DNC’s recommendation that DNMSL should be de-authorised.”

The business has since closed.

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