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Eastern Europe’s Annual Domain Conference This Week in Latvia

The agenda of the 11th International Conference of ccTLD Registries and Registrars of the CIS, Central and Eastern Europe is now available. The TLDCON 2018 conference will include speeches by domain experts from Russia, Latvia, the US, Canada, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, Ukraine, Serbia and others.

The conference, which usually attracts between 100 and 150 attendees and has around 120 attendees for this year’s meeting listed, will cover topics such as the security of the domain space, interaction between the domain industry and copyright owners, the development of national domains, DNS and new technology. In addition, on the second day of the conference representatives of Russian and foreign registries will gather to discuss the models of registration business.

The Domain VS Content section on information security will be devoted to the work with domains that are used for illegal purposes. The section will bring together registry experts from the CIS countries, Europe, North America, as well as representatives of international organizations and information security experts: ICANN’s Senior Director of Security, Stability and Resiliency John Crain, founder and CEO of iThreat Cyber Group and SSAC member Jeffrey R. Bedser, and head of the Canadian think tank Secure Domain Foundation Norm Ritchie. For the first time, the analysis and forecast for domain name usage will be discussed at TLDCON. The forecasting tools help to detect before the delegation whether it would be used for illegal purposes and thus make this domain name the focus of attention of security experts and lower the risks for the users. In this section, Russia will be represented by Pavel Shepetina from Group-IB and Alexander Venedyukhin from the Technical Center of Internet.

Another section, Legal Issues of Domain Registration, will feature a heated discussion between industry representatives and stakeholders. Yekaterina Kalinicheva, head of the intellectual property protection division at Semenov&Pevzner, will represent the latter group. For the first time in the history of TLDCON, a stakeholder is taking part in a relevant domain event to express their opinion whether registrars should be responsible for content.

The DNS and New Technology section will have speeches by representatives of Rostelecom Group: the Technical Center of Internet, Ngenix and MSK-IX. They will speak about how new technology such as blockchain, CDN and new ways to identify users, are used for the development of the domain space and the benefits for the users and the domain business. John Crain will explain to the audience how to protect DNS while using new technology. Representative of .ART domain Sergei Baukin will present a practical case of the use of DNS in works of art authentication.

At the National Domains’ New Lease of Life section representatives of national registries of Ukraine and Belarus, on one side, and the registries of the new domains Afilias and .ART on the other side will discuss current marketing approaches to promoting top-level domain names. The section will reveal how the domain role is changing today and what new uses there are. In addition, Andrei Kuzmichev from RU-CENTER will evaluate the current situation from the point of view of a registrar.

TLDCON 2018 will conclude with a meeting of Registrars Club: Welcome or Members Only? where participants will discuss various business models of registrars, accreditation requirements, differences and similarities of work in national and general top-level domains. Representatives of Russian and Armenian registries, ICANN experts and experienced and new registrars will speak about new models. This many-sided view can help understand the nuances of the work of accredited registrars.

The TLDCON 11th International Conference of ccTLD Registries and Registrars of the CIS, Central and Eastern Europe will take place in Jurmala, Latvia, on September 12-13. Participating at the conference is free but registration is obligatory.

Latvia’s ccTLD Plans “Data Minimisation” to Comply With GDPR

There’s a bit of a belated rush by European country code top level domain (ccTLD) operators to comply with the looming deadline to implement the .E.U.’s new privacy rules, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The latest is Latvia’s ccTLD, .lv who, in their announcement, said they plan “to implement data minimisation” to comply. And they are seeking comment on their plans by 12 April.

The data minimisation planned by NIC.LV to comply with the GDPR means that when registrants fill out the .lv domain name registration form, only one postal address will be required (instead of two) and no fax number will be required.

At present, if the domain name registrant is an individual, their first name, surname, personal identity number and postal address is not publicly shown. In the future, to ensure GDPR compliance, the holders’ telephone number and email will also not be published. In order to provide some communication channel with the domain names’ holder, NIC.LV will develop an electronic contact form.

The NIC WHOIS policy [pdf] has been prepared to determine the obligations of the NIC.LV and the WHOIS user, including the allowable use of WHOIS.

To ensure GDPR compliance and adaption to local regulations, NIC.LV proposes to change the terminology definitions and procedures. As this policy is being used for direct registrations, as well as registrations through registrars, NIC.LV proposes to make a separate document called the price list and payment policy of NIC.LV [pdf], which would apply only to direct registrations.

Information for domain name registrants on the processing of their personal data – access, data portability, rectification, deletion, etc. will be included in the updated NIC.LV Privacy policy [pdf].

In accordance with GDPR Article 28, the agreement between the Registry and the Registrar will be supplemented by Annex 3 “Personal data processing” [pdf], which will define the roles and responsibilities of the Personal Data Controller (NIC.LV) and the Processor (Registrar).

NIC plans to develop new documents:

NIC plans to make amendments to the following:

The NIC.LV feedback period is open until 12 April with comments to be sent to legal@nic.lv. All amendments to contracts and policies have also been sent to the Ministry of Transport for evaluation.