Articles for October 1999

.NU Domain Announces Policy To Protect Customers’ Privacy

.NU Domain Announces Policy To Protect Customers’ Privacy

.NU Domain Privacy Policy Restricts Personal Info in Whois Database

Medfield, MA, October 25, 1999 – The .NU Domain Ltd (www.nunames.nu), one of the fastest growing Top Level Domain (TLD) names on the Internet, today announced its Privacy Policy, which protects the personal information of its customers by keeping the data on its Whois database, private. Whois is commonly used to search for domain names and determine if they are available to register or not.

“When the domain name registration systems were initially set up, domain name registrants were generally corporations or research and educational institutions,” said J. William Semich, President and Founder of .NU Domain Ltd. “Now millions of private individuals, and not companies, are registering the majority of domain names. And many of these users are under the age of 18. Policies need to be established to protect these individuals from spam, or from harassment and stalking, by anonymous people who gather personal information from publicly accessible Whois databases.”

Under .NU Domain’s Privacy Policy, only a domain name, its status and the date of its registration is made available via the .NU public Whois database at whois.nic.nu. Additional information about .NU Domain names – including technical contact information and a contact email address for the domain name holder – can still be obtained at the .NU registration site, using the .NU Domain’s registration database search engine. But this information can not be obtained in an anonymous manner, nor be scanned using automated Whois capture software.

.NU Domain’s private Whois data policies contrast to Network Solutions’ (NASDAQ: NSOL) Whois database, which makes all the personal and technical contact information about holders of .com, .org, .net and .edu publicly available. With Network Solutions’ Whois database, the domain name holder’s name, personal residence and telephone number is all publicly displayed. Other Registrars for .com, .net and .org also make this personal information available via their Whois database.

“We understand that there may be need for trademark holders or law enforcement agencies or other officials to access information regarding a domain name holder and we have established a policy for providing access when necessary,” continued Semich.

Under the .NU Domain Privacy Policy, if someone such as a law enforcement organization or a trademark attorney, needs contact information about a domain name holder, the person is required to submit a statement to .NU Domain Ltd identifying who they are, and why they need the information, before private information is provided to them. If they can not justify a valid need for this information, the information is withheld.

“We believe that anonymous persons should not be able to have open access to all information about anyone who has registered a .NU Domain name,” added Semich. “We have a requirement that all contact information about a domain name holder must be valid and verifiable. But by not protecting our customers’ privacy, we are making it difficult for many of them to comply.”

As an example, when a recent registrant for a .NU Domain name who registered the name for a Teen Rock and Roll Fan site provided unverifiable contact information for the name, it was deactivated and put on “hold” status while the customer was asked for valid information. The customer – a 15-year old teenager – declined to do so in order to protect her privacy. Under these new terms, the customer has agreed to comply and has provided full contact information for the domain name.

About .NU Domain Ltd

. NU Domain Ltd, a US-based private corporation, offers the only competitive alternative to Network Solutions’ (NASDAQ:NSOL) .com domain name. The .NU Domain Ltd targets end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process. The .NU Domain is the fastest growing TLD on the Internet.

Current .NU registered customers are located in dozens of countries throughout the world, including Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Norway, Italy, the UK, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Finland, Indonesia, Belgium, Singapore, France, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US.

The list of registered .NU Domain names ranges from personal sites, like the Swedish floor ball team Södra Kärr at http://www.sodrakarr.nu and the Leonardo DiCaprio fan site, www.dicaprio.nu to names registered by large corporations including entertainment software publisher, Blizzard Entertainment at www.starcraft.nu, the Renault Group at www.renault.nu, International Data Group Corp. at www.idg.nu, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company at www.coca-cola.nu and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. at www.goodyear.nu.

.NU Domain Ltd offers .NU InstantWeb™ Service that provides URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a GeoCities, Tripod or other Web site, and E-Mail Forwarding so AOL, GeoCities, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU mail address. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at www.nunames.nu.

Expanding .NU Domain Picks Chief Operating Officer

Expanding .NU Domain Picks Chief Operating Officer

.NU Continues Growth, with Nearly 50,000 .NU Web Addresses Now Registered

Medfield, MA, October 6, 1999 – The .NU Domain Ltd (www.nunames.nu), the fastest growing Top Level Domain (TLD) name on the Internet, announced today that operations expert Stephen Oronte has joined the company as chief operating officer (COO). Mr. Oronte’s charter will be to spearhead the branding effort of the .NU domain name and develop the corporate infrastructure and business practices within the .NU Domain organization to ensure .NU Domain’s success during its rapid growth.

.NU Domain Ltd, the only United States-based competitor to Network Solutions’ ‘.com’ (NASDAQ: NSOL) domain name, has registered nearly 50,000 domain names under the .NU TLD and plans to accelerate growth in its registration of .NU domain names through the year 2000 in its quest to become the second largest TLD in the world after .com.

“The extensive use of the .NU domain name around the world has spurred rapid growth for the .NU Domain Ltd, which makes it necessary for us to expand our management team,” said J. William Semich, president of .NU Domain. “Mr. Oronte’s comprehensive management experience and expertise in growing businesses will be pivotal as the .NU Domain Ltd advances into the new millennium.”

Mr. Oronte has nearly 20 years of business experience in systems and information technology, financial operations, manufacturing, consulting, sales marketing and retail management. He has owned, managed and grown businesses including E-I-E-I-O Inc., DKD Inc. and Ormast Inc. Mr. Oronte has overseen the successful installation of operational software systems, managed order fulfillment processes, customer service programs, and financial operations and has developed financial and sales reporting systems.

“There is a huge opportunity before us. Personal and small business Internet use is about to explode,” said Mr. Oronte. “And all of these users are going to be looking for a domain name for their web site or email address. Many folks have found that the common .com, from Network Solutions Inc., is just not an option for them anymore.” With over 6 million .com domain names already taken, most of the desirable names are gone. But you can still find the domain name you want in the .NU TLD and at a lower price than .com.

About .NU Domain Ltd

.NU Domain Ltd., a US-based private corporation, offers the only competitive alternative to Network Solutions Inc.’s. (NASDAQ:NSOL) .com domain name. The .NU Domain Ltd targets end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process. The .NU domain is the fastest growing TLD on the Internet.

Current .NU registered customers are located in dozens of counties throughout the world, including Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Norway, Italy, the UK, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Finland, Indonesia, Belgium, Singapore, France, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US.

The list of registered .NU domain names ranges from personal sites like the Black Velvet Dart Team in Sweden at www.blackvelvet.nu to names registered by large corporations including Dell Computer Corporation at www.dell.nu, entertainment software publisher, Blizzard Entertainment at www.starcraft.nu, the Renault Group at www.renault.nu, International Data Group Corp. at www.idg.nu, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company at www.coca-cola.nu and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. at www.goodyear.nu.

.NU Domain Ltd also offers domain name parking services for customers who need to lock in a domain name but have no immediate plans to use it, the .NU InstantWeb Forwarding Service that provides URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a GeoCities, Tripod or other Web site without a unique domain name, and .NU InstantMail Forwarding so AOL, GeoCities, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU mail address. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at www.nunames.nu.