Australian registrar Safenames breaches auDA Registrar Agreement

auDA, the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for the .AU domain space, has found that the accredited registrar Safenames has breached the Registrar Agreement by:

  • using its related entity (SafeAgent Ltd) to register domain names on behalf of foreign entities that would not otherwise be eligible to register .au domain names; and
  • using its related entities to register domain names for purposes other than the provision of registrar services, in breach of clause 14.2.3 of the Registrar Agreement – refer to auDA’s Clarification of Permissible Own Use by Registrars (2008-11).

AuDA have noted that despite being given ample opportunity to do so, Safenames has failed to take action to remedy its breaches of the Registrar Agreement. Consequently, auDA has taken the following actions:

  • the domain names in question have been deleted; and
  • auDA will continue to monitor all domain name registrations effected by Safenames, and will immediately delete any registration that does not comply with auDA policy requirements, until such time as we are satisfied that Safenames is capable of complying with its obligations under the Registrar Agreement.

The above information was sourced from the auDA announcement at: