Is this really required? What are the benefits? 4 months ago
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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) broadly requires the mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address of those owning or administrating a domain name to be made publicly available through the "WHOIS" directories. However, that policy may enable spammers, direct marketers, identity thieves, or other attackers to use the directory for very limited personal information about those people.
What is this?
Domain privacy is a service offered by a number of domain name registrars. A user buys privacy from the company, who in turn replaces the user's information in the WHOIS with the information of a forwarding service (for email and sometimes postal mail, it is done by a proxy server).
Why You Need Private Domain Registration?
When you purchase a domain, your registrar is required by ICANN to enter the contact information of the site owner. So your mailing address, phone number, and email address is the information that must be submitted. Unless you opt to protect your personal data, it goes public.
Advantages of this:
1. Protect Your Personal Data
To prevent identity theft, we go to great lengths to protect our privacy when it comes to banking, phone numbers, and even social media info. Similar precaution needed for Domain Registraion.
2. Stop Unwanted Solicitations
How many of us love telemarketers, spammers and those random sales calls / emails / sms !
Giving out your personal info is the best gift you could give them.
Disadvantages or Cons:
Domain Privacy costs. It may be negligible, but it is to be considered. Is it worth your peace of mind? You decide.
2. Does it solve all problems?
No. Unfortunately apart from ICANN this info could be leaked elsewhere. It could also have been scraped off the WhoIS website before you opted for this protection.
It is standard business practice these days to check a person’s credentials, including – but not limited to – website as well as the Who IS data of that website. If it’s hidden, it may confuse the person searching for your valid name.
4. Privacy Protection Isn’t Always Available
Not all domains are covered under this. Exception of .cn, .us, .au, .asia, .eu, .xxx, .cc, .tv and .name and a few others do exist, where Domain Privacy cannot be purchased. Although ICANN has been working to change WHOIS to enable greater privacy, there is a lack of consensus among major stakeholders as to what type of change should be made.
5. Legal Implications.
According to the registry (ICANN or CIRA), the individual or organization listed as the registrant for the domain is technically the legal owner of that domain name.
So, the information shown there, is the person who is the legal owner of the domain. Masking it, may make it difficult for you – an individual – to wrestle it from the registrant in case of a legal battle.