Estonian domain names to incorporate diacritics (IDN)
Starting from June 13, 2011 the Estonian Internet Foundation will bring letters with diacritical marks õ, ä, ö, ü, and to national domains ending with the suffix .ee, which means that the .ee domain will be covered with the full range of the Estonian alphabet. The Estonian Internet Foundation in cooperation with the Association of the Estonian Patent Attorneys has introduced a period for reservation of .ee domain names containing letters with diacritical marks before commencement of general registration of such domain names.
The reservation period has been divided in two parts: 16.05.2011–05.06.2011 – during the first stage of the period applications for reservation can be submitted to the Estonian Internet Foundation. 06.06.2011–12.06.2011 – during the second stage of the period the elected patent agents will check the received applications and decide on acceptance or rejection. The domain name entered in the list of reserved domain names as a result of checking procedure can be registered by the applicant until 31.12.2011.
Starting from June 13, 2011 the registration of .ee domain names containing letters with diacritical marks is opened to all interested persons on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information see www.eestiinternet.ee/teavitus
Registration of domain names containing letters with diacritical marks is free. Domain names containing letters with diacritical marks are registered for the usual domain registration fee that is set for end consumers by the Registrar.
The Estonian Internet Foundation is the organisation founded by the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications with the purpose of management of Estonian top-level domain names (.ee). Domain rules and fees applicable to .ee, pri.ee, com.ee, fie.ee and med.ee shall be approved with a decision reached by the consensus by the board of the Estonian Internet Foundation consisting of 6 members, of which half shall be appointed by ITL and half by the state.
.ee's website has been updated with new guidelines! You can information on EIS' Data Protection Policy here and domain search WHOIS Terms and Conditions here. Registrars can find .ee's Guidelines on processing of personal data here. Should you have any questions, please contact us by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +372 727 1000.
.ee will update the Domain Regulation due to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entering into force on the 25 May 2018. .ee Domain Regulation provides standard terms that regulate the legal relationship between the EIF, domain registrant and registrar (service provider). Main changes concern the WHOIS-service in which the contact information of a registrant who is a natural person can no longer be publicly disclosed.
The Estonian Internet Foundation has received multiple complaints from .ee domain registrants concerning the registration service provided by Beehosting OÜ, assuming that the company is an accredited .ee registrar. While third persons are not prohibited from selling .ee domains, the Foundation can only help users if the company concerned is an accredited .ee registrar.