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.CAT Offers Enhanced Privacy For Individual Registrants

The registry for .cat domain names, Fundació puntCAT, has announced that as of 7 January they have implemented privacy changes for individuals that use their .cat domain name for private use for existing and new registrants. The changes mean registrants can choose non-disclosure of Whois data.

The Catalonian registry says the changes in the privacy settings mean they are among the most privacy friendly and registrant oriented of the generic Top Level Domains.

The changes are also in alignment with European and Spanish data protection regulations and are the default setting for new registrants.

Existing registrants can implement the new privacy settings by going to the control panel for their account with their .cat registrar.

ICANN: .CAT WHOIS Proposed Changes

ICANN logoPurpose (Brief): ICANN is opening today the public comment period for the Fundacio puntCAT’s, request to change its Whois according to EU data protection legislation. The public comment period will be closed on 3 March 2012.

The .cat registry, submitted a Registry Service Evaluation Process (RSEP) on August 2011.

At this time, ICANN has conducted a preliminary review in accordance with the Registry Services Evaluation Policy and process set forth at http://www.icann.org/registries/rsep/rsep.html. ICANN’s preliminary review (based on the information provided) did not identify any significant competition, security, or stability issues.

The implementation of the request requires an amendment to the .cat Registry Agreement signed 23 September 2005. This public forum requests comments regarding the proposed amendment.

Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/cat-whois-changes-18jan12-en.htm
Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 20 January2012

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.CAT Reaches Significant 50,000 Registrations Milestone

It may be small, but .CAT reached the 50,000 active registrations on 19 May after five years of being live.

.CAT is unique among Top Level Domains in that it represents a cultural and linguistic community, this being the Catalan community, and all websites must be posted in the Catalan language. The language is natively spoken in parts of Spain and France, as well as the Italian island of Sardinia.

The Catalan community had been reluctant to use country code TLDs in their countries and so often sought alternatives. One example was the website for the city of Girona in Catalonia, which preferred to use a .GI ccTLD (ajuntament.gi – the word “ajuntament” means both “city council” and “town hall”) says Wikipedia. .GI is the ccTLD for Gibraltar and Girona’s local council preferred the .GI domain instead of the corresponding .ES domain to which it was entitled to as a Spanish local authority.

While 50,000 registrations is not a big deal for most TLDs, the .CAT registry considers it is important to “ICANN, new actors on the Internet governance, and the DNS community in general” writes Nacho Amadoz, Chair of the European Cultural and Linguistic Internet Domains, on Circle ID.

The TLD has been successful in promoting an identity for the Catalan community and has had consistent strong growth. As well there has been a low level of controversy that Amadoz says means the TLD has gained praise from its community and trademark holders.

ICANN Requests Public Comment on One & Two-Character .CAT Domains

ICANN logoICANN is today opening a public comment forum on a proposed amendment from Fundacio puntCAT to Appendix 6 of the .CAT Registry Agreement.

On 19 October 2009, ICANN posted for public information a request submitted by puntCAT through the Registry Services Evaluation Process for a request for proposals process to release single and two-character names in .CAT. The puntCAT proposal is available at icann.org/en/registries/rsep/puntcat-request-19oct09-en.pdf [PDF, 57K].

As provided for by existing consensus policy (icann.org/en/registries/rsep/rsep.html), ICANN has undertaken a preliminary determination to determine whether the proposal might raise significant security or stability, or competition issues. ICANN’s determination is that the proposal did not raise such issues in .CAT.

[Note that, from 13 June to 13 July 2008, ICANN conducted a public comment forum on a proposed single-character second-level domain names allocation framework (icann.org/en/registries/rsep/proposed-scsld-allocation-framework-13jun08.htm), which supported the allocation single-character second-level domain names in existing registries and reviewed various allocation methods.]

The proposal requires an amendment the .CAT Schedule of Reserved Names (Appendix 6). A copy of the proposed amendment is available here [PDF, 192K]. Comments on the proposed amendment submitted to cat-scsld-amendment at icann.org will be considered until 17 Jan 2010 23:59 UTC. Comments may be viewed at forum.icann.org/lists/cat-scsld-amendment/.

All documentation related to the puntCAT proposal is available at icann.org/en/registries/rsep/#2009009.

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