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ICANN wants to stop anonymous domains
Registrars should check and store customer data in the future so that Internet crime can be combated more effectively – however, the chances of success are open to question.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) wants to prevent anonymous domain registrations in the future – and is placing the responsibility on registrars.
In the latest version of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), registrars are obligated to check the accuracy of their customers' details. Registrants must confirm details like phone number and email address within 15 days, otherwise the domain entry will be cancelled. Payment details, IP addresses and HTTP header remain stored for a longer period of time.
If the storage of such data is forbidden by law in the respective country, registrars can send a request for exemption to ICANN. ICANN intends to define guidelines for conflicts like these – until then, the chief legal advisor will decide each case individually.
Registrars are also responsible for making sure that their resellers comply with the regulations and must provide a point of contact to which notifications about infringements can be sent.
ICANN expects this resolution to improve Internet security. The new measures should prevent websites with criminal content. However, critics explain that, at the very best, this may make the procedure of creating such websites more difficult, but will certainly not be able to prevent it. Experts point out that individuals will still be able to mask their true identity using prepaid mobile phones or email addresses based on incorrect details.