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Releasing your personal data to third parties

We release personal data to third parties only in accordance with the End User Agreement, and the Data Protection Act 1998; i.e.;

  • To the registry for your domain name, who needs that information in order to be able to register the domain name in your name;
  • For your reseller (who sees all the current information, but no historical information);
  • Your proposed registrar reseller (if you are planning to change registrar, your 'new' registrar will want to know a bit about you before taking you on as a customer) - they are told what your current registrar is told;
  • Where required to do so due to a complaint made under an applicable dispute resolution procedure, such as the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Procedure, or the Uniform Rapid Suspension System;
  • Police, trading standards units, HM Customs and Revenue, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and other law enforcement bodies that need the information for their investigations (depending on what they need, they can be passed any information, including historical information);
  • Intellectual Property investigators (e.g. solicitors acting for parties claiming trade mark infringement), who may be provided with an address if the opt out is being validly used; and
  • Limited other third parties with valid reasons following the principles in the Data Protection Act.

We do not permit use of your data for direct marketing or for third parties to offer you services or offers.

Telling you when we give information to third parties

Where data about a registration, in excess of that available by inspection of a WHOIS service, is passed by NRS to a third party, then NRS shall inform the registrant by email at the registrant's email contact address (or if no such address exists, NRS shall use reasonable endeavours to use an alternative contact mechanism) of the identity of the third party and the information passed to that third party.  This shall not apply:

  1. Where the passing of such information is prohibited by law, or
  2. Where it has been, prior to the passing of such information, shown by the third party, to Nominet's reasonable satisfaction, that there is a very substantial likelihood that the rights of others will be damaged by disclosing the fact that such information has been passed, or that law enforcement would be prejudiced.