Proxy or Private Registration Services allows the domain name holder to request that the Privacy / Proxy provider substitute their contact information in place of the Registrant's contact information. In this way, the Registrant can keep their own contact information private. The Proxy / Private Registration Service provider keeps a database of the Registrant's 'real' contact information in case it is needed
NPL's study has demonstrated that a greater percentage of the users of Proxy / Private Registration services are using those Privately Registered domains for illegal or harmful purposes. A key point to remember though is that even if a user does not use Proxy / Private Registration services, there is no guarantee that the information that the user provides for the WHOIS database will be accurate. For example, the user could utilize a false name and telephone number even if they do not purchaes Proxy / Private Registry services.
According to ICANN's website, "It is expected that this report will inform future GNSO policy development in relation to the Whois system." To put this in context, the Governmental Advisory Committee, in its 'Beijing Communique (http://www.dotanything.co/
ICANN is solociting public comment on the results of the Proxy / Private Registration survey. Visit ICANN's website (http://www.icann.org/
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