Estonian Internet Foundations register now has 50,000 domains
This morning the new register has received the application of the Sillamäe City Government for re-registration of the domain name sillamae.ee. Jelena Korshunova, Mayor of Sillamäe, hopes that soon the city will also be able to register the domain name with its proper Estonian name: sillamäe.ee. “It will make the website easier to find and use.”
“The high level of domain registration activity over the recent days, about 150 names per day, indicates that so many domain owners have left it until very late, as the domains that have not been re-registered will be switched off on Monday. We can see that domain owners are paying attention,” said Marek-Andres Kauts, Chairman of the Management Board of the Estonian Internet Foundation.
“Approximately 50% of the domains registered in accordance with the old procedure in 1992-2010 have now been re-registered. The good news for registrants is that if the current domain quantity growth tendency continues, next year we will be able to reduce the domain fee,” said Kauts, thanking all registrants and registrars. The Estonian Internet Foundation is a non-profit organisation and the domain fee is derived from the organisation’s expenses. This means that if the number of registered .ee domains increases, the fee will be reduced.
The Estonian Internet Foundation is the organisation founded by the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications with the purpose of management of Estonian top-level domain names (.ee). Domain rules and fees applicable to .ee, pri.ee, com.ee, fie.ee and med.ee are approved subject to consensus by the 6-member Council of the Estonian Internet Foundation. Half of the council members are appointed by the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications and half – by the government.
.ee's website has been updated with new guidelines! You can information on EIS' Data Protection Policy here and domain search WHOIS Terms and Conditions here. Registrars can find .ee's Guidelines on processing of personal data here. Should you have any questions, please contact us by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +372 727 1000.
.ee will update the Domain Regulation due to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entering into force on the 25 May 2018. .ee Domain Regulation provides standard terms that regulate the legal relationship between the EIF, domain registrant and registrar (service provider). Main changes concern the WHOIS-service in which the contact information of a registrant who is a natural person can no longer be publicly disclosed.
The Estonian Internet Foundation has received multiple complaints from .ee domain registrants concerning the registration service provided by Beehosting OÜ, assuming that the company is an accredited .ee registrar. While third persons are not prohibited from selling .ee domains, the Foundation can only help users if the company concerned is an accredited .ee registrar.