Under ICANN rules, most types of domain names that are registered must have publicly-accessible domain registrant contact information - this is called the "WHOIS record". This record contains your full name, postal address, telephone number and e-mail address – and is accessible to anyone that wants to view it.
Domain names that do not have an accurate and up to date WHOIS record must be suspended under ICANN rules, and domain registrars are required to act if they find a domain name has a false WHOIS record.
However, there is a solution that addresses the privacy concerns while fully complying with ICANN rules – this solution is called Domain ID Protection, and costs just £5/yr inc VAT.
Quite simply, Domain ID Protection replaces your contact information with the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the ID Protection service provider. The difference is when someone needs to contact you: if anyone wishes to do so (e.g. to raise a copyright dispute), the service provider would receive the correspondence and directly forward it onto your real postal or e-mail address for you.
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