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COVID-19 and extraordinary measures on .eu domain names

8 April 2020

In order to protect end-users from possible misuses of domain names associated with the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency, EURid has implemented a set of measures in agreement with the European Commission.

We have amended our APEWS system to prevent the registration of suspicious domain names.

We will be performing additional checks on the registration data of both existing registrations and newly-registered domain names that contain keywords relating to the current pandemic.  Registrants of domain names containing detected keywords will be required to validate their data and to submit a statement confirming that their domain name was registered in ‘good faith’ within seven (7) calendar days.

These measures will be valid and implemented until the end of Q2 2020 with the possibility of continuation, subject to quarterly reviews by EURid and the European Commission.

Instructions on what to do when you receive a registration data verification email from EURid are available here.