The Internet Freedom Foundations, an Indian online rights group, says it is continuing to try to find out why local registry NIXI has implemented a highly weird “two domains” rule.
The rule, which appeared in late December, requires registrars to ask the personal permission of NIXI’s CEO if a registrant wants to register more than two .in domains.
As NIXI acts under the authority of the Indian government, IFF filed a request last month under the country’s Right To Information Act, asking under what authority the rule was imposed and how NIXI reached its decision to impose it.
The terse reply (pdf) simply refers the reader to a clause of the registry-registrar agreement stating that NIXI can roll out new rules at will.
Its February 10 response adds: “Above decision is taken with respect to National Security.”
That’s exactly what NIXI CEO Anil Kumar Jain told DI a month earlier.
Because three or four of IFF’s questions went unanswered, the group says it has appealed the response and requested more transparency.
“Repeating ‘national security’ as a mantra to defeat transparency, even when not probably emerging from the topic of policy formation, is a growing tendency in decision making,” IFF said.
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