From the autumn of 2017 onwards, Afnic has played a pioneering role in informing and training Registrars on the new GDPR regulations. After a consultative committee meeting on the subject in October, in December Afnic published the new Registration Contract for the .fr which comes into force when the application of the GDPR becomes effective, and then organized two training webinars for registrars in early 2018.
Further to the very wide range of questions raised during these events, Afnic decided to publish a FAQ compiling all the questions that were asked, and the answers it provided, in order to inform the general public in addition to the community of Registrars.
From the changes implemented by the new regulation, to the application of the new registration contract for the .fr TLD, to the type of data published and to their retention period, this FAQ provokes discussion about the entry into force of the GDPR.
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.