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Current policy discussions and consultations

Our .uk policy process encourages participation from the broadest range of interested stakeholders possible.

Our commitment to working in the public interest means we engage stakeholders when we formulate .uk policy. We welcome stakeholder feedback as a useful means to inform our understanding of policy issues and how they might affect different communities.

Review of the .uk Registrar Agreement

The .uk Registrar Agreement is the contract that governs the commercial relationship between Nominet and registrars who act as the sales channel for the .uk domain names.

Current status: We have now finalised a new Agreement which comes into force on 18 March 2014.

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Data Quality Policy

The Data Quality Policy sets out our commitment to high standards of data quality and the expectations that we have of registrars.
Current status: We have now finalised a Data Quality Policy, which comes into force on 6 May 2014.

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Dealing with domain names used in connection with criminal activity

At the beginning of 2011, Nominet commenced a policy discussion with stakeholders on how we might address the criminal use of .uk domain names.  

This policy discussion has examined whether changes to our Registrant Terms and Conditions are necessary to enable Nominet to suspend .uk domains where we have reasonable grounds to believe they are being used to commit a crime.    

Current status: the Nominet Board has agreed that an abuse policy relating to the suspension of domain names used in connection with criminal activity be developed.

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Review of domain registration policy

We have launched an independently chaired review of our registration policy for .uk domain names. The scope of the review focuses on whether there should be restrictions on the words and expressions permitted in .uk domain name registrations.

Current status: The consultation has now closed. The Nominet Board has agreed to make all the changes to its registration policy recommended in Lord Macdonald’s review.

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