VeriSign tidies records after ICANN rebuke

VeriSign said that it has corrected database inaccuracies flagged by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

VeriSign said that it has corrected database inaccuracies flagged by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) earlier this month, after the regulatory body threatened to strip domain name registrar of its ability to sell .com domain names unless it cleaned up its act.

In a letter sent to ICANN vice-president Louis Touton, VeriSign said that it corrected the inaccuracies cited by ICANN, and streamlined a process whereby third parties could report incorrect information in the "WhoIs" public database of domain information.

VeriSign was chastised by the regulatory agency earlier this month for failing to correct false information in the WhoIs database. Although almost all registrars file inaccurate information from time to time, ICANN said it singled out VeriSign because the company repeatedly ignored requests to tidy up its information.

ICANN listed 17 particular cases of false information submitted by VeriSign and gave the registrar 15 working days to correct the entries. At that time, VeriSign spokesman Brian O'Shaughnessy said "17 examples out of an active database of 10.3 million domain names is not a pattern and shouldn't be characterized as one".

Although VeriSign has sidestepped penalisation by ICANN, the registrar has other worries on its mind, not the least of which is an investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission into its marketing practices.

The FTC probe was initiated after rivals sued VeriSign, claiming that the registrar was engaging in deceptive marketing practices in an attempt to steal their customers.

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