Since 2000, the AFNIC publishes on its website the list of .fr domain
names registered in the last 30 days. This list initially thought to
inform has been used in different ways that must be supervised legaly.
For this reason, the list will no longer be published on the AFNIC website starting February 19th, 2008.
The Whois Data Access Qualified Service
On the other hand, the AFNIC offers a new service, the Whois Data Access Qualified Service,
to third parties that wish to build services with added value around the list of registered .fr domain names.
This access will be subject to the signature of a specific contract, and subject to AFNIC’s approval of the access application.
All .fr domain names that are published via the Whois directory
(http://www.afnic.fr/outils/whois) will be concerned.
Holders have the possibility of requesting that their domain name(s) be removed from the
communicated list, if they can prove that the communication of the existence of said
domain name(s) could create a risk for the bodily safety of a person or a dangerous risk
to national security.
This request for removal is to be sent as soon as possible to the registrar in charge of the
domain name, who will transfer the request to AFNIC’s Legal Department.
With these new modalities, the AFNIC wishes to create an efficient and pragmatic balance around
.fr between the protection of people’s personal data and the protection against
infringements of third party rights.
The Whois Data Access Qualified Service:
Further information about…
The data publication and access policy on fr registrations:
About the AFNIC
(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )
Non-profit organization, the AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
The AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars).
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.