News

Important legal notification: GDPR Annex to the Registrar Contract To be Signed within Few Days

 

Dear .SK TLD Registrar,

only few days left before the new GDPR legislation starts to be enforced. Unless you have already done so, we ask You again to sign and deliver Annex to the Registrar Contract (available for download here) from you. Please complete, sign and mail two printed copies back to the following address as soon as possible.

SK-NIC, a.s.

P.O.BOX 49

840 00 Bratislava 4

Slovakia

 

Since this is a contractual document, it must be signed by an authorized representative and two master copies should be delivered in paper format to us (along with any required proof of authorization) at latest one day before GDPR enters into force, i.e. 24th of May, 2018. If the Annex is signed by an authorized person (statutory representative of the company) it does not need to be verified by notary. If it is signed by another designated person, please enclose the associated letter of attorney/authorization.

Once again, please be advised that due to GDPR requirements, failure to sign this annex in time will constitute a violation of the Terms and Conditions and will result in your withdrawal from the Registrar Contract.

In case of any questions please contact us at by email or via phone.

Fields, into which you can, please, enter your data can be edited after You download this PDF file to your computer.

For more detailed information, please read the supporting information below:

On 25th May 2018, the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into force. Its goal is to strengthen personal data protection rights concerning living individuals through number of changes. These include the right of an individual to know what personal data an organization holds about them and how that data is processed as well as other privacy rights. For further information about changes brought about by GDPR please visit the website of your national Data Protection Authority.

Recently, we have contacted all domain registrars in a variety of ways including through email, mass media (TASR, SME, Pravda, TouchIT, Dobré noviny), as well as holding a workshop explaining why compliance with GDPR is important and significant.

The new data protection law has required SK-NIC to change the Terms and Conditions for registration of .sk domains. These changes have been subject to the public comment period, to which all registrars were invited to participate.

The Terms and Conditions for registration of .sk top-level domain, compliant with GDPR, were approved on April 10th, 2018 by the Committee for Administration of the .SK National Domain. The members of the Committee include representatives of the Slovak government, representatives of internet users, internet service providers as well as those of registrars. The result of the Committee vote was reported in a number of prominent media outlets including TASR, SME, Živé, TOUCHIT, 24 hodín, hlavné.sk, Nový čas, Svet komunikácie.

SOFTWARE UPDATE

 

Dear Registrars,

on Tuesday evening, May 8, 2018 will be deployed a software update that will disrupt open login sessions. Registrars will have to log in again after the update is deployed.

20.4.2018 GDPR Annex to the Registrar Contract with SK-NIC, a. s. to be Signed

This is an important message concerning the contractual relations for the provision of registrar’s services.

Hereby, we would like to request that you to complete and sign the Annex to the Registrar Contract (available for download here) and to mail two printed and signed copies back to our address as soon as possible.

As this is a legally binding contractual document, it must be signed by the authorized representative and two master copies should be delivered in paper format to us (along with possibly needed documentation of authorization) at latest one day before GDPR enters into force, i.e. 24th of May, 2018.

Please be advised that due to requirements of GDPR, failure to sign this annex in time constitutes a violation of the Terms and Conditions and will result in your withdrawal from the Registrar Contract.

The new data protection law has required SK-NIC to change the Terms and Conditions for registration of .sk domains. These changes have been subject to the public comment period, to which all registrars were invited to participate.

The proposed Terms and Conditions for registration of .sk top-level domain, compliant with GDPR, were approved on April 10th, 2018 by the Committee for Administration of the .SK National Domain. The members of the Committee include representatives of the Slovak government, representatives of internet users, internet service providers as well as those of registrars.

ANNEX No.1 to The REGISTRAR CONTRACT (PDF)

17.4.2018 New Terms and Conditions for Registration in .SK TLD

Pursuant to the approaching new legislation on personal data protection (so-called GDPR), we would like to inform you about changes in Terms and Conditions of Domain Name Service in .sk Top Level Domain.

New Terms & Conditions can be found on our website. Should you disagree with them, you can proceed according to the provision 12.4 of Terms & Conditions.

Should You be interested to learn more, we hereby add also further supporting information:

On 25th May  2018, the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into force. Its goal is to strengthen personal data protection rights concerning living individuals through number of changes. These include the right of an individual to know what personal data an organization holds about them and how that data is processed as well as other privacy rights. For further information about changes brought about by GDPR please visit the website of your national Data Protection Authority.

Recently, we have contacted all domain registrars in a variety of ways including through email, mass media (TASR, SME, Pravda, TouchIT, Dobré noviny), as well as holding a workshop explaining why compliance with GDPR is important and significant.

The new data protection law has required SK-NIC to change the Terms and Conditions for registration of .sk domains. These changes have been subject to the public comment period, to which all registrars were invited to participate.

The Terms and Conditions for registration of .sk top-level domain, compliant with GDPR, were approved on April 10th, 2018 by the Committee for Administration of the .SK National Domain. The members of the Committee include representatives of the Slovak government, representatives of internet users, internet service providers as well as those of registrars. The result of the Committee vote was reported in a number of prominent media outlets including TASR, SME, Živé, TOUCHIT, 24 hodín, hlavné.sk.

Terms & Conditions effective as of May 25th, 2018
Terms & Conditions effective as of May 25th, 2018 – changes

13.4.2018 Please note: Since April 1st, New Law on Cybersecurity Entered into Force

Recent months brought about an increase in the legislative and regulatory requirements, which are concerning also the area of internet domain registrations and therefore they impact both the top-level domain registry as well as domain registrars.

As we have already informed you, as of April 1st, 2018 the new Law no. 69/2018 about Cybersecurity entered into force (http://www.zakonypreludi.sk/zz/2018-69 – in Slovak); it is implementing relevant EU directive (so-called “NIS”). Among others it regulates the position and obligations of the operator of the basic service. Since it is relatively recent legal norm, due to GDPR, it might have been overlooked, that the relevant definition and thus also new obligations might be also concerning registrars.

According to the Appendix no. 1, part 3, the obligations of the provider of the basic service are explicitly concerning also providers of the Domain Name System services on internet.

Since the National Security Office recently initiated process of intra-departmental comments for the executive decrees (https://www.slov-lex.sk/legislativne-procesy/-/SK/dokumenty/LP-2018-213 – in Slovak), which in their proposed wording among other specify, that basic service is such, which falls under e.g. the condition of “Providing on its DNS severs authoritative answers altogether for at least 1000 various domains,” it is highly likely, that the new law is concerning directly also some of registrars.

Apart from the above decree, the public comments process has been initiated also for another ordinance regarding the process of reporting of security incidents (https://www.slov-lex.sk/legislativne-procesy/-/SK/dokumenty/LP-2018-195 – in Slovak), therefore we definitely recommend to read through both of these and we advise to seriously consider taking part in this legislative process.

16.3.2018 Slides from the GDPR Workshop for Registrars

How does EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its requirements concern relations between registry and registrars, between registrars and users and how does it overall affect internet domain registration was presented at the workshop, which we organized on March 15, 2018 and was attended by several tens of largest registrars.

This activity is but one of the first that we bring to Slovak internet community after entry of our new investor CentralNic, while supporting internet security area at the same time.

Information about the workshop was published by the National Press Agency TASR, Pravda daily newspaper and online server TouchIt.

Slides from the workshop can be found here: SK-NIC presentation on GDPR topic [PDF, SK language] .

9.3.2018 New Terms & Conditions Incorporating GDPR Directive for Public Comments

Dear Registrars, due to approaching effective date for the GDPR directive of European Union, we hereby introduce adjusted version of the Terms and Conditions and Registrar Agreement open for public comments up until March 21st. Please submit Your comments to hostmaster@sk-nic.sk. Documents are currently available in Slovak only. Thank You for Your cooperation.

Registrar agreement amendment 01_v1 [PDF, SK language]

Terms and Conditions 2018_05_25 v1 [PDF, SK language]

19.4.2018 UPDATE

WARNING: These documents are only draft. Final versions of these documents are available in the section reserved for registrars.

9.3.2018  General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Will Impact Also Registration of Internet Domains

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.”

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 the relevant Committee page (SK only).

New wording of the Terms & Conditions, which will enter into force on February 1st, 2018, can be found at our page containing Terms & Conditions, version with track changes is available at Documents page.

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.