21 May '15, 3pm

Domain definitions: whois privacy vs. whois proxy

What’s the difference between whois privacy and whois proxy? With talk in Washington and policy circles about whois privacy, I think it would be good to define both whois privacy and whois proxy, and discussed how the terms are usually used. Traditionally, whois privacy has referred to a service in which the owner of a domain name is listed in the public whois record contacts, but the privacy service’s contact details (phone, address, email et al) are listed instead of the owner’s. This makes the registrant the owner of the domain but keeps them from getting telemarketing calls or having to disclose their home address. A whois proxy goes a step further by masking the identity of the registrant. The proxy service acts as a proxy registrant. Here’s an example of a proxy in whois: Network Solutions is the only large registrar I’m aware of that offers whois privacy. Over the p...

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