ICANN has announced that registrants in earthquake-hit Türkiye and Syria could have their domains protected from expiration.
It’s triggered part of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement that permits registrars to avoid deleting names owned by registrants unable to renew due to “extenuating circumstances”.
ICANN has declared last week’s quakes, which have claimed tens of thousands of lives, such a circumstance.
The move requires registrar participation to be truly effective. There are nine registrars based in Türkiye, none in Syria, but the offer is valid to all accredited gTLD registrars.