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Submission + - GoDaddy VP Caught Bidding Against Customers

An anonymous reader writes: A GoDaddy Vice President has been caught bidding against customers in their own domain name auctions. The employee Adam Dicker isn't just any GoDaddy employee; He's head of the very GoDaddy subsidiary that controls the auctions. Dicker won some of the domains he bid for, and pushed up the bid price on auctions for those he didn't. The conflict of interest of is unethical, but could this practice also be illegal? Said a representative for a competitor, "Even if controlled, that practice has bad news written all over it."

This comes hot on the heals of news that despite earlier promising to ICANN to end their 60 Day ban on transfers, GoDaddy quitely circumvented it by forcing customers into agree to the ban anyway. ICANN doesn't appear to be investigating or asking following up questions about of this. What can be done to force ICANN to police the registrars it is responsible for?

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