Under new guidelines proposed by MarkMonitor and others who represent the same industries that backed SOPA, domain holders with sites associated to "commercial activity" will no longer be able to protect their private information with WHOIS protection services. "Commercial activity" casts a wide net, which means that a vast number of domain holders will be affected. Your privacy provider could be forced to publish your contact data in WHOIS or even give it out to anyone who complains about your website, without due process. Why should a small business owner have to publicize her home address just to have a website?
We think your privacy should be protected, regardless of whether your website is personal or commercial, and your confidential info should not be revealed without due process. If you agree, it’s time to tell ICANN.
To view the new proposed rules, visit: Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Policy.
"No WHOIS privacy provider wants their service to be used to conceal illegal activity, and the vast majority of domain owners are not criminals. Using a WHOIS privacy service is no more suspicious than having an unlisted phone number. These new proposed rules would wreak havoc on our right to privacy online. ICANN is moving quickly, so we should too – contact them today and tell them to respect our privacy."Richard Kirkendall, Namecheap CEO & Founder
"Domain name privacy protects us from spammers and enables freedom of speech. We've got to protect it."Holmes Wilson, Co-founder, Fight for the Future
"Some IP rightsholders and law enforcement authorities would like to use ICANN to shortcut the due process of law and other domestic legal safeguards. The weakening of WHOIS privacy services is an example of this, and that's why we're speaking up to defend the privacy of domain owners."Jeremy Malcolm, Senior Global Policy Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation
* Who is ICANN? The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. They coordinate everything related to domains. Read more about their mission and goals here.