Identity theft occurs when a person registers one or more domain name(s) using the identity of a third party individual.
To fight against identity theft, Afnic has published a practical guide entitled “Fighting against identity theft” and set up a two-step procedure:
- Step #1 “The request to access your information in the Whois database” (the step is optional but recommended): it allows you to know which domain name (s) has/have been registered using the victim’s personal information.
- Step #2 “The request to delete your illegally appropriated information from the Whois database”: this step allows you to obtain the deletion of the domain name (s) registered under identifiers (called NIC HANDLE) containing illegally appropriated data. Your request must be accompanied by a complaint for identity theft.
NB: This procedure applies to individuals, for all of the domains managed by Afnic (.fr, .pm, .re, .tf, .wf and .yt.). Corporations can use our alternative dispute resolution procedures (ADR).
Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity.
Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has nearly 90 employees.