New .za rules coming

New licensing regulations to safeguard Internet users who register .za domain names have been released for comment. The .za registration process includes sending a plain text email to Uniform (.za registry) to register your domain. This is a very outdated and tedios process that has not changed in over 10 years. Some of the highlites of the new regulations are –

In addition, registries will be required to substantially automate the registration processes, so that names can be registered online quicker and more easily. This is an important measure which will upgrade .za to operate at a level on par with the leading domains such as .com, .net, .de (Germany) and .uk (United Kingdom).

“œWhile there may be cases where it is justifiable for a registrar to list itself as the holder of a name which belongs to its client, such practice is unfair and unethical if the domain name holder never consented to such an arrangement.“

In addition, ZA DNA may be able to force a registrar to delete names belonging to cyber-squatters where the registrar is found to be hosting cyber-squatter names. This will help protect the .za namespace better from being used by Internet thugs to send spam and attack the Internet infrastructure worldwide.