Singapore, 25 March 2013

The Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) plans to implement [email protected], a pilot scheme that aims to enhance the trustworthiness of .sg domain names, by minimising identity theft incidences and the use of fake identities to register .sg domain names. The six-month pilot will begin on 2 May 2013, and will impact all new ".sg" domain names registration (i.e. domain names ending with .sg - e.g. com.sg, org.sg, net.sg, edu.sg, per.sg, gov.sg and .sg).

Under [email protected], .sg domain name registrants will continue with the existing practice of appointing an "administrative contact" to register .sg domain names through SGNIC's accredited registrars.

[email protected] will utilise SingPass (Singapore Personal Access) to identify the domain name registrant through the administrative contact, who will be asked to log into the [email protected] portal using their SingPass ID, and in turn verify the identity and contact information of the domain name registrant.

The administrative contact will have 21 calendar days from the date of registration to verify the registrant's identity and contact information. Failure to comply with this requirement will lead to the suspension of the domain name. This will help to prevent any possible abuse of domain names by registrants who use fake or stolen identity, or whose identities have not been properly verified. At the same time, registrants can and will be held accountable for the content that is uploaded on their websites, reducing occurrences of unlawful uses.

For more information on the [email protected] pilot, please refer to the FAQs at the following link: [email protected]