New Zealand Law Society - Domain Name Commission seeks comment on .nz WHOIS

Domain Name Commission seeks comment on .nz WHOIS

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In the technology world, WHOIS is one of the more self explanatory words you’ll come across. Simply put, it’s the search protocol that lets you find out who the registrant (holder) of a domain name is.

The WHOIS for .nz domain names is a publicly available search service that allows people to check registration information for a .nz domain name. This includes registrant, technical and admin contact details.

As part of a two-stage review of the .nz WHOIS, the Domain Name Commission (DNC) has launched the second of two public consultations – asking for people’s views on what information should be displayed in the WHOIS and how.

The key question being asked by the Commission is “whether the current range of data provided for a WHOIS search should continue on the same basis as it is now”. Comment is additionally sought on what information should be disclosed in response to a WHOIS search, who disclosures should be made to and how information should be provided.

Importantly, if the WHOIS should work differently when it comes to what information is disclosed, DNC is interested in hearing people’s views on what an alternative approach might look like.

A consultation paper has been produced and can be read at Submissions can made via email to, or posted to PO Box 11 881, Manners Street, Wellington 6142. The closing date for submissions is Friday 29 January 2016.

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