auDA’s commitment to policy and compliance

As the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for .au Domain Name System (DNS), .au Domain Administration (auDA) takes very seriously its responsibility to the Australian Internet community.

auDA regularly responds and investigates possible breaches of .au policies, to maintain a trusted, respected and safe place online. Most recently we have been looking into registered .au domain names using business details that they were not associated with and subsequently not authorised to use. As part of our complaints management process, auDA analyses and audits the .au DNS to ensure policy compliance and industry standards are met.

As part of this recent audit auDA discovered the domain name  www.vanessahancox.com.au had been registered using business details that they were unauthorised to use. As outlined in related policy - Paragraphs 1 and 1.1 of Schedule A of the Mandatory Terms and Conditions Applying to .au Domain Name Licences (2008-07) at http://www.auda.org.au/policies/auda-2008-07/ states that:

1. REGISTRANT WARRANTIES

The registrant makes, and is taken to make, the following warranties to the registrar and to auDA, when applying to register or renew the registration of a domain name:

1.1 all information provided to register or renew the registration of the domain name (including all supporting documents, if any) are true, complete and correct, and are not misleading in any way, and the application is made in good faith;

Further, paragraph 1.5 also states that:

 1.5 the registrant is aware that auDA or the registrar can cancel the registration of the domain name (that is, the domain name licence) if any of the warranties set out above is found to be untrue, incomplete, incorrect or misleading.

As a result of auDA’s work in investigating these issues more broadly and the requirement by both Registrants and Registrars to comply with Mandatory Terms and Conditions (2008-07) we can report that specific domain name has been deleted.

auDA CEO, Cameron Boardman, said “The swift work of our team and the good relationships we have built with our Registrars, mean that these matters can be dealt with quickly and with the least possible negative impact on the .au domain space. We value the security and trust consumers put in .au and work hard to ensure we maintain that. Work continues in this current unauthorised business name audit and we will report back in full, once the process is complete.”

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