Google: ICANN See Your Domain Info

    September 6, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

The search engine company has received accreditation as a domain registrar from the non-profit ICANN corporation.

Los Angeles-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has given its blessing to Google to become a domain registrar. A report notes Google would have paid $10,000 to apply for the accreditation. Should Google wish to extend its registrar services in the future, it could do so with further applications.

Those extended services would let Google set policies and procedures with regards to selling domain names. As a registrar, Google could get more access to other registrars and their databases of registered domains. That information would include details on domain owners like names and locations.

Many registrars have begun offering “whois” privacy, which shields their information from public whois database queries. As a registrar, Google should be able to see that information. How they could use that access, or even if they do, would be another matter.

Despite the accreditation, Google does not currently plan to sell domain names, according to the report. They won’t directly compete with registrars, but the information they gather as part of their new position will probably help them continue to compete with the likes of Yahoo and Microsoft in the search engine market.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.