Following a recent consultation, the .uk naming authority has announced plans to introduce a new framework for privacy services within the .uk space. Nominet will also be clarifying the criteria for individuals who opt out of publishing some of their details in the WHOIS.
The proposed framework will allow registrars to formally sell privacy services for .uk domains. Registrars will be obliged to provide Nominet with the correct registrant details without that information being made publically available on the WHOIS.
The new structure will mean that registrars opting to use the functionality will need to act as an address for service for the registrant; pass on abuse complaints from third parties to the registrant; and provide contact details of their privacy service, which will be validated by Nominet and published in the WHOIS.
Nominet will make registrant contact information available to third parties such as law enforcement and brand protection specialists on request using Nominet’s existing disclosure policy.
Nominet have also announced changes to the existing WHOIS opt-out for individuals.
Nominet have clarified the rules, noting that only people who are not using their domain name for trading purposes will be able to opt out of publishing their contact address on the WHOIS. Trading purposes include using websites to transact with customers or to primarily advertise or promote goods or services.
Nominet’s full announcement can be found here.