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Registrant Type data quality

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  1. WealdDomains United Kingdom

    WealdDomains Active Member

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    The recent interrogation of Google, Amazon and Starbucks at the Parliamentary Select Committee prompted me to do whois inquiries on a few of the major intuitively-"non-UK" companies.

    As a strong supporter of Nominet's data quality initiatives, I thought it would be interesting/instructive/amusing to see how some of the big players shape up.

    I am rather surprised to note that several have an "unknown" registrant type. Previously I had assumed the major issues involved the individual v sole trader space, but it appears that there are rather bigger fish to, er, fry !

    At first I thought this might simply be a weakness of the whois inquiry translation for specialised registrant types, but ibm.co.uk - a pre-August 1996 registration for a non-UK company - and others manage to successfully represent themselves accurately.

    ibm.co.uk - Non-UK Corporation
    google.co.uk - Unknown
    amazon.co.uk - Unknown
    starbucks.co.uk - Non-UK Corporation
    audi.co.uk - UK Limited Company
    renault.co.uk - UK Limited Company
    peugeot.co.uk - UK Public Limited Company
    bmw.co.uk - Non-UK Corporation
    samsung.co.uk - UK Limited Company
    dell.co.uk - Unknown
    sony.co.uk - UK Limited Company
    apple.co.uk - Non-UK Corporation
    microsoft.co.uk - Non-UK Corporation
    mcdonalds.co.uk - Unknown
    pizzahut.co.uk - UK Limited Company
    burgerking.co.uk - Non-UK Corporation
    kfc.co.uk - UK Limited Company
    lufthansa.co.uk - Non-UK Corporation
    klm.co.uk - Non-UK Corporation
    airfrance.co.uk - Non-UK Corporation

    So, unless I am missing something, it feels like Google, Amazon, Dell and McDonalds are glaring anomalies that, in conjunction with Nominet, need to sort out a pretty basic bit of admin. My list is clearly subjective, but I hope you will agree it is a reasonable selection of big names, many of whom are correctly represented.
     
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    grantw Well-Known Member

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    The problem is that 'Registrant Type' is not a required field by Nominets systems. This means that some registrars just ignore it, even if the correct data has been supplied by the registrant.

    I've never really understood why it's not a required field, particularly as Nominet keep banging on about whois data quality.

    Grant
     
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