15 April 2013, Carolyn Kimber
Amendments to the terms and conditions governing .uk domain name registrations will come into effect from next month, to formalise procedures for suspending domain names used to carry out online crime.
The changes, which come into effect on 4 May, support a new policy that builds on established practice.
The revised terms and conditions - expressly prohibit any .uk domains being used to carry out criminal activity. It means that Nominet can quickly suspend a domain name when alerted to its use for criminal activity by the police or other law enforcement agencies, such as National Crime Agency, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) or the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Nominet will notify and work with its registrars in the usual way to suspend the domain names in question.
At the same time, restrictions will be implemented that prohibit the registration of domains that promote or incite serious sexual offences, following the recommendations of Lord Macdonald QC.