EU Policy Update – April 2022
In a nutshell: The European Commission opened a public consultation on the cross-border enforcement of consumer protection law and issued proposals to reform the EU framework on geographical indications. The European Court of Auditors published the conclusions of its report on intellectual property rights in the EU. The CJEU reaffirmed the prohibition of the general and indiscriminate retention of electronic communications data and held that online content-sharing service providers’ obligation to monitor content under the Copyright Directive is compatible with freedom of expression. The European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached a political agreement on the DSA. The European Parliament adopted the Data Governance Act in plenary, and JURI issued its Draft Opinion on the proposal for an EUID. ENISA issued its report on Coordinated vulnerability disclosure policies in the EU. The EU, the US and other international partners issued a Declaration for the Future of the Internet.
CENTR publishes the CENTRstats Global TLD Report Edition 1/2022
The CENTRstats Global TLD Report Edition 1/2022 has been published. It covers the global status and registration trends in all top-level domains (legacy gTLDs, new gTLDs and ccTLDs), with a specific focus on the European ccTLD market.
Register for the 2022 CENTR Registrar Day!
The Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR) will be holding its annual Registrar Day on 2 June 2022 from 9.00 - 17.00 at the Prague Grandior Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic.
EU Policy Update – March 2022
In a nutshell: March was a particularly busy month in the cybersecurity sphere. The European Commission issued a call for evidence for an impact assessment on the upcoming Cyber Resilience Act and released a proposal for a Regulation laying down measures for a high common level of cybersecurity at the EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies. In parallel, the NIS Cooperation Group issued its Technical Guidelines on Security Measures for Top-Level Domain Name registries, ENISA published a report on Security and Privacy for public DNS resolvers, and EU Ministers called for a strengthening of the EU's telecommunications and cybersecurity resilience. New documents were released regarding the trilogue negotiations on e-Evidence and the EUID proposal, and a political agreement between co-legislators was found on the Digital Markets Act. The European Commission and the United States agreed on a new Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy framework. Europol and the EUIPO issued a joint Intellectual Property Threat Assessment.
CENTR publishes comment on the European Commission’s DNS Abuse Study
CENTR, which represents European national top-level domain name registries (ccTLDs) such as .si or .eu, has published a comment on the European Commission’s DNS abuse study, calling out some of the misleading analysis and unfortunate conclusions in the study.
CENTR crawler: accuracy in classifying domains
What is the CENTR ‘signs of life’ domain crawler?
Domain crawling is the process of scanning the web content and technical characteristics of a domain name. Running these scans regularly over millions of domains and multiple TLDs allows us to get a picture of how the domains managed by CENTR members (as well as others) are used. The CENTR crawler aims to provide a simple technical analysis of domain usage based on a decision tree approach to classification. The results of the crawler provide standardised data for any TLD which can be benchmarked and used in aggregated market analysis included long term trends.
ICANN73: Can ICANN solve the WHOIS accuracy problem?
This year marks 4 years since the GDPR entered into force: A regulation that has sent waves across Europe and beyond by restating EU data protection principles in place since 1995 and giving real enforcement powers to data protection authorities. Since data protection became a compliance issue for ICANN in 2018, the community is still discussing how to reconcile different interests at stake in 2022: domain name holders, contracted parties, rightsholders, law enforcement and governments, as evident during ICANN73. Access to accurate registration data has also become a political issue, with the EU negotiating its update to cybersecurity legislation - the NIS 2 Directive that puts a considerable emphasis on access to accurate, complete and potentially verified registration data. The root cause of registration data accuracy being on the agenda of EU policymakers: ICANN’s GDPR compliance activities that put WHOIS behind a locked door. Is there a registration data accuracy problem within the ICANN community and why does it matter? What is the role of ICANN when it comes to ensuring third-party access to registration data? And is there a chance that ICANN could put its GDPR compliance discussions behind anytime soon?
What makes CENTR a Community with a capital C?
On 16 March 2022 we held our online 2022 CENTR Annual General Meeting (AGM). Part of the morning was dedicated to internal matters, including the approval of CENTR’s Position Development Process review and Board elections, and the second half focused on the area of DNS abuse and security, with several projects presented by CENTR members.
EU Policy Update – February 2022
In a nutshell: The European Commission kickstarted the year with a set of publications of relevance for ccTLDs, such as the DNS Abuse Study and the Communication on an EU Strategy on Standardisation. The Commission also released proposals for a European Declaration on Digital Rights and a Data Act. Regarding intellectual property, the Commission issued a call for evidence on the upcoming EU Toolbox against Counterfeiting, whilst the European Parliament published a Study on the Cross Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in the EU. Co-legislators reached a provisional agreement on amending the Europol regulation, and IMCO published its Draft Report on the EUID proposal. The EDPB launched a coordinated enforcement action on the use of cloud services by the public sector.
The CENTR Board suspends Coordination Center for TLD RU/РФ’s membership
The CENTR Board is following Russian military actions in Ukraine with concern and strongly condemns the violation of international law and Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Ukraine’s national TLD registry is a member of CENTR and we stand with Ukrainians in their efforts to resist Russia’s invasion. We hope for a swift and peaceful resolution of the conflict, and will continue to offer support and help to our Ukrainian colleagues.