We release personal data to third parties only for the reasons set out in condition 11 of the terms and conditions of registration; i.e.;
- to the extent that it is shown on the WHOIS (which does not include phone numbers, fax numbers or emails, and is subject to an opt out where consumers can withhold their address);
- for the PRSS (which shows the same information, and is subject to the same opt out as the WHOIS);
- for your registrar (who sees all the current information, but no historical information);
- your proposed registrar (if you are planning to change registrar, your ‘new’ registrar will want to know a bit about you before taking you on as a customer) – they are told what your current registrar is told;
- as part of the Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) – if someone is alleging that you are abusing their rights through our DRS system, details of the parties will be given as set out in the DRS Procedure;
- Police, trading standards units, HM Customs and Revenue, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and other law enforcement bodies that need the information for their investigations (depending on what they need, they can be passed any information, including historical information);
- Intellectual Property investigators (e.g. solicitors acting for parties claiming trade mark infringement), who may be provided with an address if the opt out is being validly used; and
- Limited other third parties with valid reasons following the principles in the Data Protection Act.
We do not permit use of your data for direct marketing or for third parties to offer you services or offers.
Telling you when we give information to third parties
From 11 January 2005 where data about a registration, in excess of that available by inspection of the WHOIS and/or PRSS, is passed by Nominet to a third party, then Nominet shall inform the registrant by email at the registrant’s email contact address (or if no such address exists, Nominet shall use reasonable endeavours to use an alternative contact mechanism) of the identity of the third party and the information passed to that third party. This shall not apply:
- where the passing of such information is prohibited by law, or
- where it has been, prior to the passing of such information, shown by the third party, to Nominet’s reasonable satisfaction, that there is a very substantial likelihood that the rights of others will be damaged by disclosing the fact that such information has been passed, or that law enforcement would be prejudiced.