Why is my domain owner information made public?

Why is my domain owner information made public?

ICANN requires that your name, address, phone number and email address are made public in WHOIS.

Who is ICANN?

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a nonprofit organization responsible for coordinating the Internet's naming system, and making sure that the network has a stable and secure operation.

Read more about ICANN

What else is visible in WHOIS?

The Registrar Accreditation Agreement states that the following information about the registrant should be made public:

Name
Organization
Street
City
State/Province
Postal Code
Country
Phone
Phone Ext
Fax
Fax Ext
Email

How can I get the information removed from WHOIS?

It is not possible to remove your domain from the WHOIS database. However, for most generic top-level domains you can activate Domain privacy. With Domain privacy your personal information gets replaced with proxy information from our partner. You will still be the owner of the domain.

Where can I read more about this?

Check out our guide on how to get started with Domain privacy to find out more.


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