SK-NIC, a. s. invites registrars of .sk domains to seminar about the new EU directive General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will impact also internet domain registration.
Fines up to 20 million EUR or up to 4 percent of annual turnover could be imposed in case of non-compliance with the new EU directive concerning protection of personal data.
Such strict sanctions are part of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that will replace the current Data Protection Directive of 1995. It is intended to enhance and unify the protection of personal information for all individuals living in EU member states.
It is due to take effect across all EU member states from 25 May 2018 and will give individuals more control over what organizations can do with their data. It is a very important topic for any organization processing personal data. Whilst it is an EU law, the impact is global as all organizations which handle data belonging to EU residents need to be compliant with the regulation.
The directive will of course concern not only registry, but also the registrars of .sk internet domains. Like other organizations, they also need to adopt number of measures and procedures necessary for compliance with the new requirements for protection of personal data of those, who are registering Slovak domains for their companies, blogs, products or services.
SK-NIC, a. s. has been manager of the top-level domain .sk for over 20 years, based on the delegation of the US organization ICANN. We have been dealing with the topic of the personal data protection for long and in-depth in cooperation with renowned lawyers and other experts. We are in communication with all our registrars, including short comprehensive summary of the upcoming obligations associated with GDPR directive. Especially for registrars with the biggest amount of personal data we prepared for March 15th a dedicated seminar, which should assist them in preparation for compliance with the GDPR. All changes in our terms and conditions will be also soon available for public commenting and we will launch necessary process of adjusting the registrars’ contract.
Ben Crawford, CEO of the UK’s CentralNic Group PLC, which since end of last year is strategic partner of SK-NIC, a. s., added: “Since the very beginning of our cooperation we have been emphasizing, that our mission and strategic goal is to create the best possible environment for the Slovak internet community and to support development of the Slovak digital economy as such. As transparent, publicly traded company we are obliged to fulfill not only all the legal requirements, but we must also comply with decisions of the Slovak Committee for Administration of .sk Domain, in which not only government of Slovakia, but also representatives of internet users, internet service providers and domain registrars take place. Our work is globally under close scrutiny of investors and global media.”