A week before the European Unionâs General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May, the Austrian ccTLD registry nic.at has introduced changes to its Whois policy as well as to the registration and management of .at domains.
The most important changes that came into effect for the Austrian country code top level domain (ccTLD) on 16 May are:
1) New Whois policy
Under the new Whois policy, registration data for individuals (natural persons) will not published any longer. Data on individuals will only includes the domain name, the registrar responsible and necessary technical information. Whois data for businesses (legal persons) that register domain names will continue to be published as before and individuals can request the publication of their data.
2) New Terms and Registration Guidelines
Following this policy, new terms and registration guidelines were necessary for .at-domains. The new versions are valid as of 16 May 2018.
4) Check of data accuracy by domain holder
Domain holders (registrants) can at any time request their current Whois data online by using the web form âmotivated requestâ. They can also ask for their domain certificate (featuring only the domain holderâs name and address) to be sent to their email address via an online form.
5) Information on private domain holderâs data to third parties
Only people who provide proof of identity and are able to prove a legitimate interest in finding out who the domain holder is, will get information on private domain holdersâ data. They can be law enforcement agencies, lawyers or people who contact nic.at following domain disputes and who can prove that their rights have been infringed. They have to start aÂ webform request with defined obligations for supporting documents on this webform.
6) Abolishment of admin-c
As the admin-c never had any legal function in the administration of .at domains, it is abolished as of 16 May 2018.