From January 1st 2021 the UK is no longer part of the European Union and consequently .eu domain names can no longer be registered or held by UK individuals or businesses. EURid, the .eu domain name registry, operate the registry under contract to the European Commission, so they are bound by whatever rules the EC put on them (within reason).Over the last couple of years … [Read more...] about EURid Tweaks Post-Brexit Handling of Impacted Domains
The EU Commission has been forced to cancel its call for tender to run the .eu domain name registry.The .eu domain name registry is operated under contract for the European Commission and the whole shooting party is governed by a complex hodge podge of European regulations and laws. One could argue that the EC took a very hard line with their treatment of .eu domain holders … [Read more...] about EU Commission Forgets Brexit; Forced to Cancel Call For Registry Tender
While the .eu ccTLD's handling of UK registrants post-Brexit has grabbed headlines, they aren't the only domain name registry that is impacted. Many of the European country code domain names have or had policies that link registration requirements to membership of the EU. Bear in mind that one of the core tenets of the EU treaties is to allow ease of commerce across the entire … [Read more...] about French Domain Registry Blocking UK Registrations due to Brexit
Back in October of last year I noted that one of the Brexit campaign's more visible groups had switched their leave.eu domain name over to an Irish entity. Under the .eu registration rules the registered holder of a .eu domain name has to be within the European Union or, in the case of private citizens, a citizen of a member state. Switching a domain name over to an entity in a … [Read more...] about Why is Leave EU’s Site and Domain Offline?
As I've mentioned in the past if you are a UK based domain name registrant you won't be able to keep your .eu domain names after Brexit.Earlier this week ALL UK based holders of .eu domain names were formally put on notice that they have until the end of the year to update their .eu domain names or they'll lose them. From January 1st 2021 any .eu domain name linked to a UK … [Read more...] about Brexit Campaign EU Domain is now …. Irish?
It's 2019, so any political party that wants to reach the electorate is going to have a digital footprint of some kind. The bigger and better organised parties will invest heavily in a full digital strategy. This is not new.What's also not new is politicians, lobbyists and political activists setting up various websites that use domains that are a little misleading. Over … [Read more...] about Domains and the 2019 UK Elections
Nominet, the .uk domain registry, is well aware of the possible implications of Brexit. Earlier today they sent out a reminder email to registrars to underline the options:In the case of a "no deal" BrexitIn the case of Brexit with a deal, but without specific provisions covering the transfer of personal dataEssentially if the worst comes to happen then they will … [Read more...] about Nominet and Brexit
While the Brexit situation remains at best "unclear" the future of UK based .eu domain name registrants has finally received a little bit of clarity.It might not be the best of news, but it's relatively clear. Of course in common with anything that is linked in anyway with Brexit and what form it might take, the entire thing is still "up in the air".EURid have … [Read more...] about More Brexit Fun and Games for .EU Domain Registrants
While many domain name registries are run privately quite a few country code registries (ccTLDs) have links to government. In the case of .eu, however, the registry is operated under contract to the European Commission, so it is operated on behalf of the entire European Union.The impact of Brexit on the .eu ccTLD is something I've spoken about a few times in the past. The … [Read more...] about EU Domains in the UK Post-Brexit Just got More Confusing
Nigel Farage's latest political vehicle The Brexit Party launched last week. However you'll notice that it's using a .org domain name.The exact match .com domain name was snapped up by a group of pro-EU campaigners:TheBrexitParty.com was registered with GoDaddy on October 26th 2018, while the domain Farage's party is using is TheBrexitParty.org which was … [Read more...] about New Brexit Party Misses Out on Domain