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The Estonian Internet Foundation to Publish .ee Zone File on 5 July

We will increase the openness of .ee namespace and publish a .ee zone file, which is essentially a text file of information on domain names and the services relating to the names. The data contained in the zone file has so far only been accessible by single queries through the domain search database WHOIS; after the opening of the file, it will be available as a collection from 5 July. 

In order to make the services connected to domains accessible and usable on the internet, information about them must be in the .ee zone file. The information the Estonian Internet Foundation publishes in the .ee zone file is necessary for the domain name to function on a technical level. Publishing the zone file will contribute to the development of the internet in Estonia, enable the analysis of the data, and allow its use in research, studies and business, plus enable the archiving of websites of greater importance. For example, banks will have better opportunities for monitoring potential phishing attempts or registrations made to take advantage of spelling errors. Smart domain name generators and DNS-based firewalls are also examples of services where the publishing of the zone file will contribute to development. Registers, like the e-Commercial Register, trade mark register, TLS certificate register, etc., will enable an overview of the domain names in the zone. Also, the security extension DNSSEC will make internet traffic more secure, while at the same time enabling the mapping of the domain names contained in the zone. Such opportunities have made the zone file accessible to more technically capable internet users.

The Estonian Internet Foundation will open the .ee zone file through a separate name server, leaving the access to the name servers serving the .ee zone, and security restrictions unchanged. There is no confidential information in the zone file, and it is also no longer possible to find personal data relating to the domains in the zone file from the public domain search database WHOIS. Besides that, the zone file need not be an exhaustive list of .ee domains. If the domain has been registered without name server records, or such records have been removed from the existing domain, it is not included in the zone file. Due to this, it is still possible to register domains in the form of new brands or campaigns that are yet to be revealed. If you have any questions about the adding of name servers, please turn to your registrar or service provider. .ee domains in suspension or deletion proceedings are also not included in the file. The zone file, including subdomains pri.ee, com.ee, fie.ee and med.ee, can be downloaded from 5 July 2019 through the AXFR protocol.

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