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
- ccTLD authorities
OpenSRS/Tucows Domain registrar agreements
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
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.