GoDaddy will stop registering new China domains
April 2nd, 2010, the world’s largest Internet domain registration firm, will stop registering new Chinese domain names in response to Beijing’s new requirements for personal data from customers, the company announced on Wednesday.

“This is the first time a registry has asked us to retroactively obtain additional verification and documentation of individuals who have registered a domain name through our company,” GoDaddy General Counsel and Executive Vice President Christine Jones said in a statement to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

“We are concerned for the security of the individuals affected by CNNIC’s new requirements, as well as for the chilling effect we believe the requirements will have on new .CN domain name Registrations,” she said. “For these reasons, we have decided to discontinue offering new .CN domain names at this time. We continue to manage the .CN domain names of our existing customers.”

(Source: Radio Free Asia)