Domain privacy

Discussion in 'IT & Internet' started by UrbanRetail, Mar 3, 2019.

  1. UrbanRetail

    UrbanRetail UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I've just registered a domain with my usual registrar and noticed that I am able to purchase 'Domain Privacy' as an addon for £4, doing so will hide my private information such as name, address etc.

    Have I got the wrong end of the stick or has this type of "addon" become unnecessary under GDPR?

    I'd appreciate someone clearing this up for me.
    Posted: Mar 3, 2019 By: UrbanRetail Member since: Mar 3, 2012
  2. WESH.UK

    WESH.UK UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    For the most part, yes, pretty much...
    Posted: Mar 4, 2019 By: WESH.UK Member since: Aug 11, 2018
  3. TheWebDesignCompany

    TheWebDesignCompany UKBF Regular Full Member

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    I don't believe that anyone can get your contact details anymore anyway...
    The days of looking up a domain on are long gone.
    Posted: Mar 12, 2019 By: TheWebDesignCompany Member since: Mar 11, 2019
  4. Paul Carmen

    Paul Carmen UKBF Regular Full Member - Verified Business

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    It depends on how the domain is registered, under GDPR the rules are different between business and personal email details. For personal email/private domain registrations the details will be hidden from a WHOIS lookup.

    If you are registering as a businesses, you can still add domain privacy to stop these details being shown. Most domain registrars have stopped offering this service for personal emails.

    In certain circumstances even personal details can be looked up; e.g. you can't stop them being disclosed in criminal cases etc.
    Posted: Mar 12, 2019 By: Paul Carmen Member since: Jan 27, 2018
  5. nexuser

    nexuser UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    According to the GDPR they are obligated to hide your data if you have not given your consent to publish such data. A lot of registrars offer the whois privacy absolutely free. They change your WHOIS data to registrar data.
    Posted: Aug 12, 2019 By: nexuser Member since: Aug 11, 2019
  6. Mike Hayes

    Mike Hayes UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    One benefit of using a WHOIS protection service is email forwarding.

    With WHOIS protection, your email address may appear like so in WHOIS:

    [email protected]

    This will then forward to your own address (usually with spam controls in front).

    Without WHOIS protection the email address will simply be redacted, meaning nobody can contact you using your WHOIS details - could be an advantage or disadvantage.

    Definitely an edge case though. Most just won't need to pay for WHOIS protection anymore.
    Posted: Aug 20, 2019 By: Mike Hayes Member since: Jan 7, 2016