GoDaddy redacts personal information in Whois

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GoDaddy has started the process of redacting personal data in Whois reports to secure the Domain Holder’s privacy which is dependent on principles of appropriate privacy regulations. In the past, the company simply just censored personal information for people who were included under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDRP).

To secure the domain holder’s secrecy

Few companies such as GoDaddy, instead of censoring or redacting the whole information restrict some fields. Paul Bindel, GoDaddy Vice President of Domain Registrar stated that the choice or selection of upgrading or getting a pro-rated refund will be exclusively available for the clients that have bought private Whois registrations. An email will be sent by the company to the affected clients soon and additionally will be offering an upgrade to GoDaddy’s Full Domain Privacy & Protection.

The service incorporates furthermore security against the expiration of a domain because of an invalid credit card or if two-factor authentication enabled for domain transfers and security monitoring.

Likewise, if domain registrants or domain investors who want to make their contact details public, will be able to do so by a function in their account. However, this functionality will only be rolled in the upcoming weeks. So you need to wait a few weeks for enabling this functionality.

Even after GoDaddy’s redaction, people will yet be able to reach out to domain owners via a form on GoDaddy’s Whois pages. But this move by GoDaddy does not apply to top-level domains that don’t support Whois privacy, for instance, .us domain.

Growing privacy regulations made this move unavoidable. As far as GDPR is concerned, when it came into effect several domain name registrars redacted or censored the information for all their clients.

Through this change, GoDaddy not only will get revenue hit but also remarkably enhance the customer experience. It will also restrict activities of telemarketers and spammers who harvest Whois data and then misuse it.

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