ICANN has terminated the registrar accreditation of Pacnames, a small New Zealand registrar.
The roughly 10,000 domain names the company had under management will now be transferred to Net-Chinese, a Taiwanese registrar that is not much bigger as measured by DUM.
The termination was voluntary, according to ICANN, but it follows the suspension of Pacnames’ accreditation in October.
ICANN had held the company in breach of its Registrar Accreditation Agreement for failing to provide records about 25 domain names upon request.
The story told in the October breach notice (pdf) makes it sound like Pacnames had refused to provide the data because it was “burdensome” and too much like an “audit”.
Pacnames’ customers, if there are any, should now receive emails from Net-Chinese informing them about the transfer. Which, let’s face it, are definitely going to look dodgy.