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What if I don’t want my personal information freely available from WHOIS?

Given growing concerns about identity theft and other criminal activity, many people are concerned about making their personal data publicly available on the Internet. One option for registrants is to use a valid postal and email address from their business or place of employment. Another is to use privacy protection or proxy services, sometimes for an additional fee. Some registrars make these services available through a third-party proxy service that allows you to provide the required contact information to your registrar, and the proxy service becomes the registrant of record. Usually the proxy service can disclose personal data to respond to requests from law enforcement or conflicts related to infringements on legal rights of others or when presented with evidence of actionable harm.

Another option is to register through an intermediary, such as an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or webhosting company, which then becomes the registrant of record.