In an email sent by Rick Schwartz today, World Association of Domain Name Developers Inc. announced that Tucows has been stropped of the WADND Registrar Seal of Approval that was awarded on October 22, 2007. To receive this seal of approval, a registrar has to meet the following criteria set forth on the WADND website:
1. Registrar must agree to cooperate with all other Registrars when a domain is claimed to be hijacked.
2. Registrar must have 24-hour Hot Line for reporting stolen domains or other registration problems.
3. Registrar must delay transfer, or double-check authenticity of purchaser when transfering a domain to a Registrar who knowingly harbors hi-jacked domains.
4. Registrar must have “Executive Lock” in place that can only be removed by direct communication with Registrant.
5. Registrar must have a minimum of one million (1,000,000) domains registered.
6. Registrar must provide sufficiently direct means to unlock domain locks, so as to not unduly deny a legitimate transfer request from a verified domain name registrant.
7. Registrar must collect emergency contact information from registrants, other registrars and resellers to respond to an urgent restoration of a hi-jacked domain.
8. Registrar must define and make clear the emergency procedures which can be instituted in events where emergency contacts are not available.
9. Registrar must provide clear and readily accessible information to registrants regarding domain locking and domain name protection measures offered by Registrar.
Below is the press release distributed today:
The majority of non-obstaining Board of Advisors from the World Association of Domain Name Developers Inc. has voted to revoke the WADND Registrar Seal of Approval awarded to Tucows.com. Tucows has continually chosen stockholder interests over domainer interests. The latest plan, selling expired domains they kept from their own customers for failing to timely renew.
And earlier this year: