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.