Nominet, the registry for .UK domain names, has announced they will be giving registrars the ability to cancel domain names upon allegations of criminality activity involving .UK domain names.
The new service new service locks domain names by suspending the operation of the name, which means that any web site or email associated with the domain name will no longer be available. Promptly taking the domain name out of circulation in this way helps protect the consumer as quickly as possible.
The service has commenced already enabling registrars to ‘lock’ or suspend a .UK domain name if they have received credible reports that it is involved in illegal activity.
“Nominet is committed to making the Internet a safe place for all users. This lock is one of several new services we are offering to help our registrars respond to evidence that .uk domain names are being used for illegal activities,â said Eleanor Bradley, Directors of Operations at Nominet.
âFor example, there have been cases recently where consumers are being duped into buying goods from illegitimate web sites. This tool enables the registrar to lock down the domain name to prevent further criminal activity and minimise the impact on UK consumers.”
The announcement follows Nominet disconnecting around 1,200 domain names in December in a campaign coordinated with police. The actions meant that the police did not have to deal with companies hosting the websites using the domain names.
To register your .UK domain name, check out Europe Registry here.