Domain Name Whois Privacy

The Need for WHOIS Privacy

When your register a domain name your registration details are readable online to anyone who wants to search the public database online. This is known as the WHOIS database and the details stored in the public WHOIS can include your name, address, email and phone number.

Free Private Domain Registrations

Domain Registation and ownership is usually a straightforward and hastle free business, but we have noticed a growing number of private customers contacting us concerned about the possibility of “identity theft” issues. Also it has been known for spammers to attempt to mine the WHOIS database for email addresses and personal details, in addition to “domain slammers” trying to steal or transfer your domain name or mislead you into paying a much higher renewal fee.

Protecting your Identity

The good news is that we protect your private information online and take identity theft seriously. Included in the domain name fee we will protect your real identity from the rest of the world by providing you with anonymous contact information and accommodation address for your domain. The domain is of course still registered in your name. Rather than displaying your full address, phone number and name, only the following details will be visible on the public WHOIS database:

Registrant:

Contactprivacy.com
96 Mowat Ave
Toronto, ON M6K3M1
CA

Domain Name:

yoursecuredomain.com

Administrative Contact:

contactprivacy.com
[email protected]
96 Mowat Ave
Toronto, ON M6K 3M1
CA
+1.4165385457

Technical Contact:

contactprivacy.com
[email protected]
96 Mowat Ave
Toronto, ON M6K 3M1
CA
+1.4165385457

Nominet UK Domains

Our WHOIS Privacy or Private Registration Service does not apply to UK Domains (co.uk, org.uk, me.uk). However you can get WHOIS Privacy for free on UK Domain Registrations, however Nominet offer a partial WHOIS opt-out option for private registrants or “Non Trading Individuals.” Only your registrant name will still appear in the Nominet WHOIS lookup. Nominet has successfully brought legal actions against “data miners” acquiring large amounts of personal information from the Nominet database, which it jealously guards and regards as its copyright.

Potential Drawbacks of Private Registrations

None that we are aware of though it can complicate transfer of domains between different registrars. Quite often you will have to disable domain privacy briefly to do this. Also if you are a business, seller or online reseller domain privacy might not inspire consumer confidence, so it really domain privacy should only be used for private domains, websites and blogs, so as not to breach potential distance selling regulations.

However Domain Privacy is perfectly legal and entirely above board. Also unlike some private or “secure” registrations, the domain name is legally registered in your name. Please be aware that if you are operating a business under you domain, may require you to disclose your trading address to comply with various local distance selling regulations and taxation requirements. We reserve the right to suspend any privacy service if the scheme is being used to conceal involvement with illegal, illicit, objectionable or harmful activities. However we highly recommend domain privacy for individual domains registrations.