Green Light For Individual Domain Name Registration

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Individuals in China may now be permitted to obtain domain names, according to China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), which is drafting the new regulation, reported.

In a move seen as a relaxation of current internet regulation, the news released by CNNIC on Friday said individual domain name registration will now be allowed with written application forms, the report said.

“If we stop individuals obtaining domain names, they will register abroad or fake themselves as company applicants anyway,” said Qi Lin, a deputy director of CNNIC. (China Daily)

Liberalization of Net policy and an admission by CNNIC that people can easily circumvent current rules? Wow.

Actually, if you want to capture as much registrant data as possible, this is actually a smart move. It is technically liberalization, but not something to get too excited about. Most folks that want to fly under the radar will still go for offshore domains and hosting of course.

Interesting timing of the announcement, though, given the recent attention on PRC Net policy.