On July 1st any domain names that were impacted by the UK's withdrawal from the EU, Brexit, were moved to a status of "WITHDRAWN". This means that not only is the domain no longer "in zone" but it's also no longer in the original registrar's control either. This is yet another step in the process that the European Commission decided on in order for .eu domain names that had … [Read more...] about Brexit Impacted EU Domains Now “Withdrawn”. What Next?
It's not often that domain names get a mention in the Dáil (Irish parliament), so when it happens it's worth seeing why. Last week IE domain names came up in the Irish parliament due to Brexit related issues with imports of products from outside Ireland. The question was put to the government as follows: "To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he … [Read more...] about IE Domains Subject of Question in Dáil
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 data Essentially 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