The Icelandic registry (.is) plans on introducing extra levels of protection to some domains and their registrants.
The new program is called “Very Important Domains” or VID for short (yes another acronym and you’ll have to excuse my childish snigger when I misread it as VDS)
It’s not clear from the registry’s announcement how exactly this service will work, though it’s clear that they have concerns about the quality of their registrant database:
A very important change, which is designed to increase the security of .is domains further, is being planned. This includes being able to mark domains as “very important domains”, or VID.
VID’s will get special treatment, especially regarding rights and renewals. So called VID insurance means that a VID’s registration never expires accidentally. It will also be harder to transfer VID’s to new registrants, since it will require confirmation from the registrants themselves, either digitally or a signed confirmation.
To prepare for this change, domain registrants are asked to update the registrants email at ISNIC, which can be done under “Modify Registration” on My Page. Only the administrative contact can edit the registrant information. In the fall, all administrative contacts and registrants with a registered email address will get an email where these changes will be explained in detail.
It’s also unclear if this new service will be fee based or not.
There are currently less than 40 thousand .is domains registered.
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