Domain registration services are now jumping into the private domain registration market, offering workaround to ICANN policies:
ICANN, the international governing body for domain names, requires every Registrar to maintain a publicly accessible “WHOIS” database displaying all contact information for all domain names registered.
Of course protecting personal information has advantages, all of which go with marketing of these services:
- Stop domain-related spam
- Deter identity theft & fraud
- Prevent harassers & stalkers
- End data mining
- Protect your family’s privacy
The service is offered for an additional fee, and the market is huge..
What concerns me though is how these services are used by spammers. I recently stumbled across illegitimate use when looking up a couple of domains (1, 2) associated with spam blogs/splogs. On further investigation I noticed that these services are in use by a host of other splogs.
I just submitted a report to DomainsByProxy about some questionable domains. Are they responsive to such reports? Well, I don’t know. Stay tuned.