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ICANN Considers Relaxing Domain Registration Privacy; Automattic Objects

There is a legal process. Without doubt “this proposal would significantly harm communication, commerce, and most especially, anonymous speech online.”

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We’ve said it time and time again: user privacy is important to us. We’re vigilant about protecting it on WordPress.com, and we’re always on the lookout, ready to weigh in on policy proposals that might curtail the privacy that we and our users value so highly.

Today, our focus turns to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization responsible for coordinating the internet’s naming system, such as domain names. ICANN is currently considering a proposal that would prohibit many domain owners from using privacy and proxy registration services.

What exactly does this mean? If you’ve ever registered a domain (and millions of you on WordPress.com have), you may have noticed an option to make your personal information, such as your name, address, and phone number, private. This is great for those who want to publish anonymously or those who simply value more privacy. However, ICANN is considering precluding anyone who uses a domain for “commercial” purposes from private…

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8 thoughts on “ICANN Considers Relaxing Domain Registration Privacy; Automattic Objects

  1. Thanks so much for your replies. I hope you all have a good weekend.

    Truth be told, I am not able to focus right now. I live on a forested property on a forested island. If there is a forest fire here it is unlikely that we will be able to control it and the whole island will be consumed by flames.

    We are absolutely exhausted from keeping watch and very fearful. The forest fire rating is extreme. The extremely low water table levels are likewise rated. The trails and parks closed. No open fires and camping are allowed. No water use, except for frugal domestic use, is allowed.

    It rained a bit here this morning and we are praying for more rain ie. we are praying for a downpour. Please pray for us and for our planet. We see the forests burning in our province and in Saskatchewan on TV and we weep. What a horrific loss this is to our planet. Know that Canada’s boreal forest comprises about one third of the circumpolar boreal forest that rings the northern hemisphere, mostly north of the 50th parallel. We all need the protective tree canopy, glaciers, snow and on the mountains in Canada (the second largest land mass by country on Earth) to maintain a healthy environment that supports life.

    Our Canadian forest canopy is disappearing so quickly due to (greed – logging, fracking, etc.) and now due to forest fires that we are in a state of despair. The last time it was this bad on my island was in 1937, when the island population was very low and most the forest cover was consumed by wildfire. We know even if it rained non-stop for a week on the coast and in the boreal forests, they would still be tinder dry.

    If a forest fire breaks out on my island and evacuation is ordered, we will most likely be on foot (not in vehicles) when we board the ferry and boats. That means carrying our small pets and everything else we need out on our backs in grab and go kits.

  2. I notice with many bloggers there is a blurred line between commercial and private. That can be part of the fun, not having an iron clad agenda and watching what happens. The big companies can be so voracious. They have to eat everything. No wait! Not voracious, greedy!

  3. For some wider context, in the UK the name of the registrant must be shown, and the address must be shown as well if the registrant uses the domain for business. As you can see, this affects registrants in the UK who trade from a .com but also own the .co.uk and .uk to prevent cyber-squatting because while they can insist on privacy for the .com, anyone can see the registrant details for the UK domains.

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