auDA suspends Internet Name Group following ACCC action

Posted by Jo Lim on 22 April 2002

Melbourne, 22 April 2002 - auDA today suspended the provisional accreditation status of Internet Name Group (ING) pending the finalisation of the proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

In December 2001 ING, along with 9 other applicants, was granted provisional accreditation to become an auDA accredited registrar when the new regime is introduced.

auDA has received a significant number of complaints relating to ING’s conduct. Last week, auDA was notified by ACCC that it had commenced action against ING on the basis of, amongst other things, misleading or deceptive conduct and other offences under the Trade Practices Act 1974.

auDA has now had an opportunity to examine in detail the documents lodged with the Federal Court by the ACCC.

“Having carefully considered the matter auDA holds the view that there is a question as to whether ING is capable of complying with the terms of auDA’s Registrar Agreement and Published Policies” said auDA CEO, Chris Disspain. “On this basis, auDA has decided to suspend ING’s provisional accreditation status, at least until such time as the action brought by the ACCC is finalised.”


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Chris Disspain
Chief Executive Officer
tel: 03 9349 4711