Registering a new domain typically requires you to submit physical postal and email addresses, together with your name and a contact phone number. This is a legal requirement and the information is then added to a public directory called the WHOIS database. This database acts as an internet phone book allowing any individual with an internet connection to research a domain names holders details anonymously worldwide.
Unfortunately, this means that the bad guys of the Word Wide Web have access to it, too. Email spammers can sometimes use it to compile recipient lists, and criminals take advantage of it to get away with domain name fraud.
GDPR and Privacy
For individuals who reside in countries located within the European Economic Area (EEA), as per requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) commencing on 25 May 2018, we will no longer display personal information in the WHOIS database. Personal information includes your name, street address, email address and phone number. However, your county, regional and country information and technical data including name servers, creation data and registrar name, will be displayed within the WHOIS database.
Please note that ICANN's agreements outline the regulations concerning spam protection for registrants, however many of our customers prefer not to have their personal information readily available online. Beginning 25 May 2018, published WHOIS information will be restricted for all domains registered under GDPR as an additional level of privacy protection for our clients.
Domain Privacy protects your personal information and your email from spam. Here is how it works:
- Your personal information is hidden from the public WHOIS domain directory
- Protects you against identity theft
- Reduces the chances of nuisance phone calls and correspondence
- Keeps your email safe from spam
- Protects you from fraudulent domain transfer risks