Transparency Report 2021-2022
This report covers the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. It is the fourth Transparency Report covering requests for personal information and domain name suspensions.
Individual Registrant Privacy Option
You can apply privacy to the visible data in your domain name registration. This protects your personal information in the .nz domain namespace. The numbers continue to increase year on year, making this a popular option.
1 July 2021
1 July 2022
Memorandums of Understanding and Agreements
As part of our multi-stakeholder approach, the Commission enters into Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with several different entities to share information and resources to keep .nz safe, secure and connected to the international ccTLD space.
On 5 August 2021, the Domain Name Commission entered into an MoU with the Financial Markets Authority, which includes reference to information sharing.
On 30 June 2022, the Domain Name Commission entered into an agreement with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages to identify names registered to deceased persons in the .nz register.
Warrant and court orders
The Commission is at times served with court orders from other jurisdictions to suspend or cancel domain names. We inform these parties that they must have a localised court order under .nz policy so that the Commission can act.
Requests received for names and contact details
Under Principle 11e of the Privacy Act requests can me made for additional information relating to a .nz domain name. This principle is to assist law enforcement agencies to maintain the law.
requests were received for additional information
Harmful Digital Communication Act
The Commission was not named as a respondent for any Harmful Digital Communications Act court orders.
Under .nz zone data may be released to third parties not directly involved in the management of the registry and or the .nz domain namespace.
0 zone files were released
Data quality (suspensions and cancellations)
Under .nz policy–registrants are required to be contactable at the details that they have provided. We often see the malicious use of domain names associated with fake registration information.
domain names were followed up on by the Commission.
of those were cancelled as the registrant did not validate their registration details, with the remaining names being validated.
We are continuously improving our current validation process. We are focusing on allowing registrants adequate time to validate and are reviewing other validation processes that may be appropriate to adopt.
Request for personal information
Individuals have a right to request access to personal information. Information was released except where it related to the personal information of other individuals.
0 requests were received
Following the Christchurch terrorism attack in March 2019 the Commission was provided with interim powers that enable in exceptional circumstances for a domain name to be suspended in limited circumstances.
This power has not been used in the reporting year and has only been used once (in 2019).
We encourage anyone to report a domain name that they have identified as not meeting the basic requirements that the registrant is contactable at the details that they have provided and that they are a properly constituted organisation or an individual person.
Additional monitoring for COVID-19 registered domain names ceased in August 2021. The Commission released a reporting form for fake webshops along with the Shopsafe campaign in November 2021.
From time to time the Commission pursues legal action to enforce the .nz terms and conditions and respond to issues arising in the .nz domain name space.
No proceedings were issued in the reporting year.
Privacy statement changes
Statements can now be found below on:
If you have any questions about our Transparency Report, please get in touch.
Domain Name Commission Ltd, PO Box 11 881, Wellington 6142
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