Nominet, the UK’s area registrar, is launching legislation enforcement touchdown pages for suspended domains associated to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the National Crime Agency (NCA), extending an current pilot programme.
In future, when such domains are suspended due to prison exercise, the brand new touchdown pages will redirect internet customers who entry them to safe, Nominet-hosted websites containing additional recommendation and steering. Till now, customers would simply have seen an error message of their browser.
For suspended domains linked to the MHRA, the redirects will flag data on tips on how to purchase medicines on-line safely, serving to to guard affected person well being by stopping the acquisition of faux medicines. For these linked to the FCA, the redirects will present data on monetary scams and tips on how to shield your self. The NCA’s web page will help in redirecting customers to the UK’s nationwide reporting centre for fraud and web crime.
Lynda Scammell, MHRA senior enforcement adviser, stated: “Your well being is necessary. Medicines from unregulated web sites are unlikely to be real licensed medicines – don’t be fooled by on-line provides from unknown sources. If it appears too good to be true – it most definitely is.
“We’re directing the general public to our #fakemeds web site, which gives instruments to identify faux medical merchandise and keep away from buying one thing which can trigger hurt. Don’t put your well being in danger.”
Mark Steward, FCA government director of enforcement and market oversight, added: “We’re happy to hitch Nominet’s touchdown web page pilot, which can present schooling and sources to essentially the most impacted customers when a .uk area is getting used criminally. Redirecting domains to our ScamSmart touchdown web page shall be a key device utilized by the FCA to disrupt scammers and shield customers.
“ScamSmart gives recommendation and steering on tips on how to spot a rip-off and clones of FCA regulated companies. Becoming a member of this pilot builds upon our robust collaborative relationship with Nominet tackling on-line harms, which final yr led to 232 .uk domains being suspended.”
The pilot programme initially began in November 2020 as a collaboration with the Metropolis of London Police’s Mental Property Crime Unit (Pipcu), and associated to domains suspended for promoting counterfeit manufacturers.
Eleanor Bradley, Nominet’s managing director of registry and public profit, stated the pilot aimed to enhance transparency, forestall hurt and educate most people to work together extra safely on-line.
“Our touchdown web page initiative is only one instance of how we go above and past to make .uk the most secure place on the planet to be on-line,” stated Bradley.
“Along with clarifying why the area has been suspended, these bespoke pages will direct the general public to official authorities sources designed to assist them purchase medicines safely, keep away from monetary scams and report fraud.
“These pages are designed to present very important data and help to the UK public at a time once they want it most, whereas nonetheless disrupting prison exercise.”