The guidelines govern conduct regarding improper registrations and the use of domain names. The new Domain Names Code of Conduct (CCD) was published by the trade association Swico.
As a .ch registry, SWITCH welcomes the new industry standard, which represents an efficient and unbureaucratic self-regulation measure for registrars and Swico. The ICT industry has already benefited from hosting guidelines since 2013, and the Hosting Code of Conduct has proven to be an effective tool.
SWITCH has been combating cybercrime at .ch domain names on behalf of OFCOM for many years. The new Code of Conduct is a welcome addition to the area of personal and intellectual property rights. The CCD strengthens legal certainty, simplifies collaborations between all stakeholders and clarifies the actions to be taken by affected parties against holders of unlawful domain names.
Among other issues, the guidelines govern conduct towards customers who violate personal rights or the rights of third parties when registering a domain name. They also contain concrete recommendations for registrars in the case of criminal offences in the areas of defamation, pornography and racism.
Companies are also receiving support thanks to new guidelines for handling queries from authorities.
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