Title: Domain Registration Disclosures Agreement - ICANN and the Importance of Privacy Protection
When registering a domain name, certain information about the registrant must be shared with the relevant Registry Operator and ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). As mandated by ICANN, this information must be made publicly available through the Whois database. Registry Operators may also be required to make this information publicly accessible via Whois.
Public Information and Privacy Concerns
Upon purchasing a domain, ICANN requires your registrar to enter the site owner's contact information. This information must be submitted, and unless you choose to protect your personal data, it becomes publicly available. Privacy protection services, which may come at an additional cost, help keep your personal contact information hidden from strangers. This is a common reason why domain owners opt for privacy protection.
Domain Privacy and WHOIS Protection
Domain privacy, also known as WHOIS protection (the terminology varies among registrars), conceals the domain registrant's personal information from the public WHOIS database. If someone knows a registered domain name, they can use any WHOIS search tool on the internet to access this public information. However, with privacy protection in place, all of this information becomes masked, ensuring the registrant's personal details remain confidential.
For more information on domain registration responsibilities and the importance of privacy protection, visit ICANN's resources page: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/responsibilities-2014-03-14-en