ICANN passed a major milestone Friday to broadening the world of domain names by the end of this year
The board of US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced freshly-approved benefits and responsibilities for registrars that essentially act as domain name wholesalers. Changes to contractually enforceable rules include requiring registrars to confirm phone numbers or addresses of those buying domain names within 15 days.
"People who have stolen an identity or have criminal backgrounds obviously don't want to give you their name and address if their intentions are not kosher," said Cyrus Namazi, ICANN's vice president of industry engagement. "The intent here is to weed out bad actors."