New domain system comes into effect in Estonia
In the course of the transition to the new domain system:
- the Estonian Internet Foundation will take over administration of the .ee top-level domain from EENet;
- individuals will be able to register .ee domain names;
- foreign nationals will be able to register .ee domain names;
- one person will be able to register more than one .ee domain name;
- registration of domain names will start taking place at two levels, meaning that the Estonian Internet Foundation will delegate the provision of service to registrants to registrars. The list of Registrars is posted on the Estonian Internet Foundation website; and
- a regulatory fee will be established for domain names. The amount of the fee for registrants will be determined by registrars on the open market based on competition.
Registrars have been accepting applications, which have now reached them. Applications will reach the Central Registry during working hours tomorrow. Some registrars were unable to access the Estonian Internet Foundation’s information system. This was due to an error in the Internet routing table, which was beyond the control of the Estonian Internet Foundation and the registrars. Due to the nature of the two-level model, EIF temporarily suspended the transfer of the applications to the Central Registry from all registrars so that clients of registrars who were experiencing connection errors would not be in a unequal situation compared to others. By the end of the day, the routing errors had been corrected and the additional testing of connections had reached the end stage.
Registrars will send the applications to the Central Registry during working hours tomorrow, when sending to the Central Registry re-commences.
.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.