With the signing of the last accredited registrar agreement with ICANN (RAA 2013), a mandatory Whois data verification policy has been established.
The policy is available on the official website of the ICANN
This policy is mandatory for holders of generic domains (.com, .net, .org, info...) and new domains or ngTLD (.eus, .blog, .futbol, etc.), but does not affect the extensions territorial, as .es.
In summary, the new regulation implies:
Validation of the owner's email for any new registration, incoming transfer or change of data of the owner (name, surname or email).
The suspension of the domain (clientHold) in case of not validating the email within a maximum period of 15 days.
The status of clientHold means that the domain will stop responding at the DNS level, so the services associated with it will stop working (web, mail, etc.). However, the client does not lose the domain, he will be able to continue renewing it annually, simply that this will not be functional.
A mandatory validation of the owner's email will occur in any of the following cases:
WRDP: ICANN establishes a Whois data reminder policy, which consists of sending a record of whois data to the owner of the domain once a year, before expiration.
The validation will consist of clicking on a link available in the validation message sent to the owner's email.
Validation is done only once. Once an email has been validated, if it is used in new registrations or transfers, it will not be necessary to validate it again (unless, in the annual reminder, the message is returned or the delivery fails). The validation is not retroactive. Only new registrations will be validated, not existing domains.
If the validation is not done on time (within 15 days), the domain stops working at the DNS level. If it is validated after a suspension, there will be DNS propagation.
The non-validation only applies to the domains for which it was issued. If the same email is also used in other previous domains, these will not be affected.