The number of new domains exceeds 3,000
“The results show that the Estonian sign on the Internet, the .ee domain, is gaining popularity," said Marek-Andres Kauts, the Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Internet Foundation. “It seems that even the extreme heat outside does not keep people from submitting applications for registration of the desired .ee domain.”
For comparison, pursuant to the old procedure 10,000 domains were registered per year. This means that according to the new open domain procedure a third of the former annual registration rate has been achieved in a week and a half.
Siim Karutoom, the registrant of the veebikino.ee domain, said that he is most pleased with the transition to the new domain procedure and was able to register the desired domain as an individual. “I want to create a film portal. I am an undertaking, but my company already has one domain and according to the former procedure I could not get another domain for the film portal.” Karutoom added that he considers the domain fee reasonable, because a very low fee similar to that charged for .com and .net domains would be too fruitful soil for speculative registration of .ee domains.
By today, 227 domains registered pursuant to the former procedure have been re-registered.
.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.