Telnic Increases .tel data Portability with hCard, OAuth and OpenID

By Telnic Limited, PRNE
Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Telnic Adds its Support to DataPortability Project

LONDON, July 7, 2010 - Telnic Limited (, the Registry Operator for
the award-winning, communications-focused .tel top level domain (TLD), today
announced that all .tel names now support the hCard microformat, OpenID and
Open Authentication (OAuth). In addition, Telnic also announced its support
for the DataPortability Project (, signing up to
its Portability Policy Initiative.

"With these enhancements, .tel owners can now benefit from
being more discoverable and begin to utilize their .tel domain in conjunction
with more services," said Henri Asseily, CTO and Chief Strategist for Telnic
Limited. "With the introduction of support for these standards, .tel becomes
more useful to and more manageable for individuals to use as a single
authoritative source of information online across multiple services."

Telnic has also published its Data Portability Policy at Elias Bizannes, Chairman of the
DataPortability Project said: "Telnic's support for these open standards
enables true interoperability - companies can integrate their own products
against Telnic's suite with minimal effort and maximum future-capability. By
also adopting a Portability Policy, they are enabling clearer communication
with their stakeholders as they evolve."

hCard is a microformat for publishing and reading of contact
information of people, companies or organizations by third-party
technologies. This format is now supported automatically in .tel names, with
no action required for the owner.

OpenID is an open, decentralized standard for authenticating
users that can be used for access control, allowing users to log on to
different services with the same digital identity where these services trust
the authentication body. From today, a .tel owner will be able to use and their .tel username and password as authentication
when signing in to the many online services that support OpenID.

OAuth allows a user to grant a third-party site access to
their information stored with another service provider, without sharing their
access permissions or the full extent of their data. This will enable
services offered to the .tel community to manage their .tel names using a
variety of third party tools to be delivered in a secure, simple and
trustworthy way.

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