Domain Privacy

Domain privacy is a service offered by [some] domain name registrars. A user buys privacy from the company, who in turn replaces the user's info in the WHOIS with the info of a forwarding service [...] --Wikipedia: Domain Privacy

There appear to be lots of players involved in providing domain privacy. Among others:
  • The registrar/registry
  • ICANN
  • ccTLD authorities

Agreement Examples

OpenSRS/Tucows Domain registrar agreements

Relevant Excerpts

3.6. [Registrar] agrees not to register names using any proxy contact information or privacy services unless [...] [registrar] displays a conspicuous notice to registrants at the time an election is made to use such privacy or proxy service that their data is not being escrowed. [Registrar] agrees to, at its own expense, indemnify, defend and hold harmless [Registry] and its employees, directors, [etc...] against any claim, suit, action, or other proceeding brought against [Registry] based on or arising from the [registrar] using their own proxy contact information or privacy service. -- OpenSRS Master Services Argeement (.pdf)

Potential Service Providers

Vindo offers "anonymous & offshore hosting", and explain that they "only require a valid e-mail address to setup your anonymous hosting account. No personal information is required..." Located in the Republic of Seychelles, further research would be required to understand the legal utility of being "off-shore". In addition, they offer PayPal as a primary payment method, but promise to "not store any PayPal transaction details from our customers." PayPal would likely remain a weak link here.

-- ErgonLogic - 2
Topic revision: r2 - 06 Sep 2011, ErgonLogic
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