Friday, March 04, 2005

Domain Owners Lose Privacy

According to Wired News, owners of domain names under the ".us" TLD will no longer be able to shield their identities:

Wired News: Domain Owners Lose Privacy:

"The U.S. Commerce Department has ordered companies that administer internet addresses to stop allowing customers to register .us domain names anonymously using proxy services.

The move does not affect owners of .com and .net domains. But it means website owners with .us domains will no longer be able to shield their name and contact information from public eyes.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center said the move violates First Amendment rights to anonymous free speech. And the representative of one of the largest domain-registration companies is concerned that customers who have been victims of stalkers won't be able to protect their privacy without changing their web address to a domain that offers anonymity...."

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