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13.2.2018 New EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in 100 days

As you may have noticed in the press, new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25, 2018.

Hence, in 100 days, the most important change in data privacy regulation within EU in more than 20 years will take place.
This Regulation and its implementation affects the registration and administration of internet domains in Slovakia. It brings several obligations which must be fulfilled by each concerned entity.

Therefore, along with colleagues from our strategic partner – CentralNic Group PLC – we have prepared for a short overview of what GDPR will mean in the domain industry, with a focus on how it will impact you, a domain registrar.

The entire presentation can be viewed here GDPR – 8 minute Expert (PDF).

We will continue to monitor this important topic for you and it is important to be aware that it is possible that the enactment of this legislation may require changes in the Terms & Conditions and an update of the Registrar contract.

25.1.2018  Statement of SK-NIC, a.s., to hoax about availability of .sk

Availability of the top-level domain .SK remains unchanged: new strategic investor CentralNic has unblemished 20-year track record of 100-percent availability of service.

In recent days, incorrect and misleading rumors (hoaxes) about changes to the availability of the national top-level domain .sk appeared in Slovak internet, suggesting that the standard of service for .SK is not optimal or may not be in future, due to a change in the agreement between SK-NIC and the Government.

These accounts are entirely incorrect. The facts are as follows:

  1. SK-NIC (the manager of the country code designating Slovakia, .SK) has a contract with the national government and a committee governing the policies for Administration of .SK, which includes also representative of internet users, representative of domain registrars Mr. Michal Truban (with Mr. Jombik standing in for him in the January meeting), and representative of the internet service providers, as well as representatives of state. Among the private companies that manage the country codes designations in xx other countries in Europe, SK-NIC is unique in having such a Government contract.
  2. One of the binding requirements of the government contract with which SK-NIC must comply is achieving a minimum 99% availability of service. This threshold was put in place when the contract was signed in 2007, and there have been no changes or requests for changes since. Such a threshold is common in case these service, whereas the same level is set e.g. in Czech Republic.
  3. The actual availability of the .SK domain under SK-NIC management has always far exceeded 99% and is in fact has been 100%. This same 100% availability has been achieved for over twenty years by CentralNic, the British publicly listed company that recently made a strategic investment in SK-NIC.
  4. In 2017 the State sought input from the committee members on improvements to the contract with SK-Nic. One suggestion accepted was the addition of a formal Service Level Agreement to define the services and their monitoring in more detail. Penalties for failure to meet Service Level requirements were also added. Whilst it is not common for other national domain in Europe to be subject to such a Service Level Agreement with its national government, all parties agreed to this additional requirement.
  5. At no time did any party suggest changing the minimum availability thresholds under the contract during the consultation process.
  6. The Service Level Agreement was negotiated between the parties, preserving the availability thresholds from the main agreement of 2007. It was presented to the Committee on 16 January, and adopted by majority vote with no votes against nor any arguments against.

In summary: any suggestion that requirements have been diminished, services will suffer, or that Slovakia enjoys less safeguards than countries like the Czech Republic, Germany or the United Kingdom are gross misrepresentations of the facts. In fact, availability thresholds for .SK have not changed for ten years, availability of the .SK domain has been and remains flawless. Moreover, Slovakia enjoys far greater Governmental and internet community input into its policies than other countries in Europe, now including a Service Level Agreement with penalties for any breaches.

18.1.2018 Addendum to the Service Level Agreement for Services of Domain Registry of Top Level Domain .SK

Dear registrars,

hereby we would like to inform you about change in the Terms & Conditions of Domain Name Service in .sk Top Level Domain, which is a result of voting of the Committee for Administration of the National Domain .sk, which took place on January 16, 2018.

As you know, the 7-member Committee includes – apart from representatives of the government and TLD .sk manager – also the representative of domain registrars, the representative of internet users, as well as the representative of internet service providers. Statute of the Committee as well as mechanism for change of the Rules can be found at: http://www.informatizacia.sk/865-menu/23232s (SK only).

New wording of the Terms & Conditions, which will enter into force on February 1st, 2018, can be found at: https://sk-nic.sk/en/rules/, version with track changes is available at https://sk-nic.sk/en/documents

13.12.2017 New Internet domains are not just for Christmas: We are extending the promotional campaigns for .SK Domains

Following the entry of our new strategic investor, London-based CentralNic Group PLC, we’ve decided to continue our current promotional campaigns of favourable registration prices of .SK domain names.

In line with the strategy of our new investor, we want to support the development of the Slovak internet community.

Thanks to our first promotion, registrars can enjoy continued low prices, in which they register domains for their end-users. In the first year, registrars can now register a domain, on behalf of their clients, for single promotional price of 7 EUR excluding VAT. This represents a discount of 30 percent compared with standard prices.

Moreover, this promotional price is 65 percent lower than the standard price compared with a year ago. Registrars, who provide this service to their end-users, can now do so at approximately one third of the 2016 price.

‘Register 100, get back 100’ is another of the promotional campaigns, which rewards active registrars. For every 100 newly registered domains, registrars will receive an amount of 100 EUR back, exclusive of VAT.

Both of these promotional campaigns will continue until 31.12.2018. Sk-Nic, together with our new strategic investor CentralNic, are discussing further ways to support the Slovak internet community, which will be rolled-out in 2018.

12.12.2017 SK-NIC acquisition process has been closed. SK-NIC´s new strategic investor and owner is UK company CentralNic

CentralNic Plc., a global leader in domain name technology and operations, listed on the London Stock Exchange, announces a significant strategic investment in Slovakia, becoming the owner of SK-NIC, manager of the top level .sk domain. The vendor is Dutch company DanubiaTel Netherlands B.V..

Ben Crawford, CEO, CentralNic, said:

“We are pleased that the transaction has been successfully completed. SK-NIC organically fits Into our portfolio and business objectives. We want for the SK-NIC to become a modern domains management company, that will be of a benefit for Slovak Internet and society as well as contribute to boosting Slovak digital economy.  To achieve this, we will enhance the Bratislava-based operation with new technology and expertise, and we will work closely together with our partners, customers and other important stakeholders.”

Mr. Peter Bíro will stay in his post as a Director of SK-NIC, and has been appointed by CentralNic to the SK-NIC’s Board of Directors and Commission. He is joined by CentralNic-appointed Head of Communications for SK-NIC Mr. Vladimir Vaňo, who also serves as Economist for CentralNic is. The company will retain all its current staff and is recruiting for additional staff in Slovakia to strengthen the team.

CentralNic will invest into improvements to the SK-NIC services by utilizing a unique technological platform of the Group and through providing new services. The company will support Slovak Internet community by providing quality, resilient and stable services for competitive prices. It will also contribute 5% of SK-NIC´s revenues to the designated fund that will support development of the Slovak digital economy, all in line of the contractual conditions with the Slovak government.

About CentralNic Group plc

CentralNic (LSE: CNIC) is a London-based company listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Echange. It earns revenues from the worldwide sales of internet domain names using its proprietary technology platforms. CentralNic operates globally with customers in over 200 countries. It operates a global wholesale network, supplying domain names to over 1,500 vendors in 77 countries. As well as being a leading provider of software, distribution, marketing, policy drafting, billing and other services to operators of country code Top-Level Domains, CentralNic is the exclusive wholesaler for over 60 new Top-Level Domain extensions (the new alternatives to .com and .net). These include .xyz, .site, .online, .website, .space, and .tech, all of which rank among the top twenty most subscribed new Top-Level Domains. This positions CentralNic as a leading global supplier with more than five million of these domains under management. CentralNic is also a leading global domain name retailer, managing twenty retail websites. Through its enterprise program, CentralNic supplies domain names, software and services directly to large companies and governments.

22.9.2017 Domain Name Life Cycle Update

Domain Name Life Cycle has been updated – Authorised registrar change would be possible also within Redemption Grace Period.

Domain Name Life Cycle, 22.9.2017 (PNG)

 14.9.2017 Launch of Alternative Domain Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Please be advised that, in connection with the entry into force of the new Top Level Domain Rules of .sk (from 1.9.2017) and their Annexes, 1 – ADR Rules, the Arbitration Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution (hereinafter referred to as the “ADR Center”) has been set up to carry out its activities. The ADR Center covers and coordinates the activity of dispute resolution experts under the ADR Rules for .sk.

The purpose of ADR dispute resolution is to effectively resolve disputes arising out of registration or use of a domain between its holder and a third party out of court.

For more information, please visit the ADR Center website.

2.9.2017 New website

Welcome to a new SK-NIC website. It opened to public today together with new system for domain registration. We hope you enjoy the new look. In case of comments, don’t hesitate to contact us.

22.5.2017 Changes related to the delay of the final migration date and to the validity of the new Terms & Conditions to 1.9.2017

SK-NIC would like to inform you that according to the Committee’s decision, the date of the final migration to the new system and validity of the new Terms & Conditions for .sk has been postponed to 1.9.2017. All the relevant documents has been changed as follows:

10.05.2017 New life cycle

SK-NIC would like to inform you that there is new .sk domain name life cycle (PDF, 79 Kb)] available since today, to be used within the system planned to launch on May 31, 2017.

28.04.2017 Translation of the new Terms & Conditions, ADR Rules and Price list available in English

SK-NIC would like to inform you about availability of the Terms & Conditions and relevant documents related to the new system for registrations .sk domains, planned to launch on May 31, 2017.