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No More Domain Privacy?
« on: June 21, 2015, 09:31:50 PM »
I got an email today from one of my domain name registrars saying that the icann were thinking of removing the right to domain privacy! That would be terrible. Firstly, my private address would be shown to any internet spammer or criminal in the world and secondly, a search would be possible that would show all domain names I own. Bang would go personal private blog networks! The domain name provider provided a form email for me to send to icann, comments end 7 July.

Anyone else heard of this?


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Re: No More Domain Privacy?
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2015, 04:46:16 AM »
Meg, while I am s little in favour of the thing as you seem to be it isn't the end of the world.
Firstly the proposal is for businesses and businesslike organisations not private individuals.
Secondly, while one is supposed to use one's own address on registrations it is no secret that large numbers of people do not.

For the type of purpose you suggest domains are disposable anyway. So, using a false address, with the possibility of losing the domain, if discovered is no real difference to status quo and, depending upon your registrar, given the cost of domain privacy services, it'd be cheaper to lose a domain every year or so due to having used a false address than to pay for domain privacy services.

I don't know about you but for me, domains about which  care usually have my home address associated with them, no privacy. Over the years I have received a couple of dodgy renewal invoices through the post and an occasional email pimping out some related domain or other but nothing to worry about.

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Re: No More Domain Privacy?
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2015, 11:22:40 AM »
Meg, while I am s little in favour of the thing as you seem to be it isn't the end of the world.
Firstly the proposal is for businesses and businesslike organisations not private individuals.
Secondly, while one is supposed to use one's own address on registrations it is no secret that large numbers of people do not.

For the type of purpose you suggest domains are disposable anyway. So, using a false address, with the possibility of losing the domain, if discovered is no real difference to status quo and, depending upon your registrar, given the cost of domain privacy services, it'd be cheaper to lose a domain every year or so due to having used a false address than to pay for domain privacy services.

I don't know about you but for me, domains about which  care usually have my home address associated with them, no privacy. Over the years I have received a couple of dodgy renewal invoices through the post and an occasional email pimping out some related domain or other but nothing to worry about.

I got an email through the privacy protection service one time, accusing me in angry terms of stealing someone else's domain name! I had not, he had let it expire and I got it at the usual low price for an expired domain with no PR. He was only a short distance from me and I was very glad that the domain privacy did not allow him to get my address! I am not really into losing domains  :( I get ones that I WANT and try to build them up, rather than treat them as expendable.

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Re: No More Domain Privacy?
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2015, 03:47:51 AM »
As proposed you'd not lose your domain privacy anyway.
But what do you do about your .co.uk domains, and others that have never enabled privacy?

Just use a false address and make sure that the email works.

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Re: No More Domain Privacy?
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2015, 04:55:36 AM »
As proposed you'd not lose your domain privacy anyway.
But what do you do about your .co.uk domains, and others that have never enabled privacy?

Just use a false address and make sure that the email works.

I have got rid of most of my .co.uk domains and the only ones I have left are not commercial, so they allow privacy on those. My strategy is to get rid of ALL .co.uk domains gradually and move content onto .com domains. I will have to find a few fake addresses if this goes through! My sister posted something about a cat one time. She has a cat called Charlie and an email came through about him, so she made a post, giving a false address, only to find the address actually existed!

Re: No More Domain Privacy?
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2015, 04:03:36 PM »
I've been using fake name generator and if the register asks, i just say its for a client.