Domain Name Dispute Resolution: Mitigating Personal Data Loss during the COVID-19 Movement Control Order

Phishing schemes that leverage off the registration of confusingly similar domains has led to…

by IMADUDDIN SUHAIMI

This article may be cited as Imaduddin Suhaimi, Domain Name Dispute Resolution: Mitigating Personal Data Loss during the Covid-19 Movement Control Order [2020] 1 LNS(A) lxvi (Current Law Journal: Legal Network Series).

Phishing schemes that leverage off the registration of confusingly similar domains has led to the loss of personal data for companies and individuals alike. This activity seems to have increased following the movement restrictions imposed by the Government of Malaysia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst a court action for the tort of passing off is a possible remedy to address the issue of email-based phishing and website spoofing, there are several advantages to domain name dispute resolution (DNDR), which the author argues, is a faster and more cost-effective alternative to traditional litigation that achieves the primary goal of restraining further fraudulent activities from being conducted through misleading domain names.

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