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New Domain Registration Procedures Look to Combat Fraud and Protect User Data

The Measures for the Administration of Internet Domain Names, as recently amended by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), will come into force on 1 November 2017. On the same day, this new legislation will supersede the previously prevailing Measures for the Administration of Internet Domain Names of China (Order No. 30 of the former Ministry of Information Industry).

Among the key revisions in the updated regulations are the following:

  • The MIIT will now be responsible for the supervision of domain name services on a national basis, while the relevant communications authority in each province, autonomous region or municipality will oversee those services that fall within its particular jurisdiction.
  • In accordance with the Reform Plan of the Registered Capital Registration System, the requirement that all service agencies engaged in domain name registration must have a registered capital of at least RMB1 million (US$150,300) has now been waived.
  • Improvements have been made to the domain name registration process in order to reduce instances of fraud and other proscribed activities. In this regard, approved domain registration agencies are specifically forbidden to provide any such services to unapproved third parties looking to offer a domain registration service.
  • The procedure for registering specific domain name details has also been overhauled, specifically with regard to protecting the personal details of all users. In line with this, any individual seeking to register a domain name via an appropriately approved agency must now provide comprehensive and verifiable data with regard to their own identity and, where applicable, with regard to the individual deemed to be the ultimate domain name owner. Additionally, all approved domain name registration agencies are obliged to safeguard the personal details of all domain name owners and may not share such information with third parties without the consent of the user in question.

For further details (in Chinese), please refer to the following link:

Measures for the Administration of Internet Domain Names

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