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Promoting Good Practices in Domain Name Registration. Supported by. The context for a CoP. Third largest TLD registry in the world Dealing with everyone on an equal basis 2,700 members, with an elected Policy Advisory Board 3 million + registrations. Why A Code of Practice?.
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Promoting Good Practices in Domain Name Registration Supported by
The context for a CoP • Third largest TLD registry in the world • Dealing with everyone on an equal basis • 2,700 members, with an elected Policy Advisory Board • 3 million + registrations
Why A Code of Practice? • To maintain quality standards and set ‘Good Practice’ • Improves service levels for consumers • Improves the credibility of the industry • Self regulation may limit government intervention
Additional Benefit ……. • Will improve the efficiency of Nominet’s service to the public: • Better registrant information • Smoother Tag changes • Fewer confused and disgruntled registrants
EstablishingINCOP • Accreditation to be independent of Nominet • INCOP registered as a Company • Nominet seed funding project • Fay Howard appointed to manage the project
Aims of Code of Practice • to enable businesses and consumers to make informed choices • to encourage the provision of clear information about charges & services provided (T & Cs) • to instigate self-regulation rather than having regulation imposed by government • to promote good practices improve the image of the industry.
Content of Code • Ensure advertising and promotional material is not misleading • Provide sufficient information about ISP’s business • Ensure that Registrants are aware of ISP’s and Nominet’s Terms and Conditions • Provide clear information about services and related charges (no hidden extras)
Current Position • Initial discussions with Industry, Consumer Groups and Governmental agencies • Draft CoP content now published and official consultation period open (to 16 November) • Investigating options on : • Implementation (voluntary code –v- condition of Nominet Tag agreement • Structure & Funding of Accreditation body • Accreditation rules & Complaints procedures • Sanctions for non-compliance
Consultation Period • Discussion documents now published on INCOP Web site: www.incop.org.uk • On-line questionnaire for potential subscriber to give preference and views • 2 month period for views of industry to determine: • If code and complaints procedures are workable • How much potential subscribers are prepared to fund • Views on accreditation models
Views Sought • To firm up CoP and business proposals • ISPs are urged to complete the Web site questionnaire: www.incop.org.uk • Mailing list for discussion: <firstname.lastname@example.org • Or contact <email@example.com>