ICANN Forcing Domain Registrar's To Change WhoIs Privacy.
(I don't think its a big deal but just a re-post of the email below)
Just got this email from dreamhost, which I am sure more providers will have to follow:
On October 31st 2016, DreamHost will be making a subtle change to how we handle WHOIS privacy for your domain registrations. It looks like you're taking advantage of our domain privacy on at least one of your registered domains, so this definitely affects you.
ICANN, the organization tasked with overseeing domain registrations worldwide, has asked us to change the way we register domains with privatized contact information. They are demanding that we no longer register these domains as "A Happy DreamHost Customer," but as a separate entity. To appease their lawyers, we've formed a separate proxy organization to do exactly that. Very soon your domains will be registered by "Proxy Protection, LLC." Don't worry - that's us!
What does this mean for you? You'll still have full control over your use of any domains registered in your name. This is really just some housekeeping we're doing internally to appease ICANN's lawyers, but we wanted to give you a heads-up before we do it so you can disable domain privacy if you aren't comfortable with this change.
The only thing you WILL need to do is be on the lookout for a new RAA Domain Verification Email. You got one of these when you first registered your domains (and whenever you update your WHOIS information). When you receive it you will need to click the link within it to verify your domain's contact information.
The RAA Domain Verification Email will be sent to the email address of the domain registrant. Please check your spam and junk email folders to ensure you don't miss it! (It will be coming from [email protected]) From the time you receive that email, you will have 15 days to verify your contact information before your domain goes into suspension!
For reference, here are your 2 domains that are currently using our WHOIS privacy:
Our Proxy Protection terms and conditions will become effective on October 31st 2016, and they explain the new setup using words and phrases that only a lawyer could love. You can also read our plain-English blog post highlighting some of the changes! Again, you can disable domain privacy if you aren't comfortable with this change!
Please don't hesitate to contact our support team if you've got any questions about any of this.
Look, the fact that the domain registration system doesn't natively anonymize your contact information from prying eyes is worrying enough. The fact that we now have to jump through these hoops (and inconvenience you) to continue to bring you this identity-protecting, no-brainer functionality is mind boggling.
Soon this will all be over and we can all get on with our lives, but for now we're in this together. Godspeed.
- Happy DreamHost Domain Bot!
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