NZ’s Domain Name Commission wins appeal in lawsuit against US company
New Zealand's Domain Name Commission has had its court order upheld by a higher Court in its US lawsuit against the company DomainTools.
The US Court's decision prevents DomainTools from breaching .nz domain names owners privacy and publishing their personal details for anyone to see.
It is the second US Court to side with the Domain Name Commission. The first decision in favour of .nz domain names owners privacy was made in September 2018, but DomainTools immediately appealed it and lost again in the US Court of Appeals on 17 July 2019.
In 2018, the Domain Name Commission mandated that a privacy option be offered for all .nz domain name holders that are not in trade. It means people can withhold their address and phone number from publicly appearing in the online registration data search. More than 63,000 domain names have already taken up the privacy option, and the number is growing.
"The decision strengthens our commitment to protect the privacy rights of .nz registrants. It sends a message to all companies dealing with registrants' personal information online to be compliant with privacy requirements", says the Domain Name Commissioner, Brent Carey.
"We are doing our bit to balance privacy and security online by taking legal action, but the domain name industry needs to pay attention to privacy and change with the times," says Carey.
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