Private Domain Service Pretty Free About Giving Out Your Info
from the not-so-private-after-all dept
There's been a lot of talk recently about being able to put up a website anonymously. There are different ways to go about it, but popular registration/hosting company GoDaddy has been heavily promoting its "Domains By Proxy" offering, whose only selling point is that it will register your domain for you in order to keep your information private. However, a few Domains By Proxy customers are suddenly discovering that this one selling point isn't taken too seriously by the folks at GoDaddy who seem perfectly happy to give out their customer's private info as soon as people ask for them. Admittedly, the terms of service say that they can give out the info, but they make it sound like they'll only do so when legally required to do so. However, it appears that a few complaints from people who don't like your site will lead to GoDaddy coughing up your info to those complainers. Obviously, it's their business and they can do this if they want, but considering that the one selling point is the privacy feature, the fact that they cough up the info without so much as letting the customer know certainly seems like a pretty bad deal for customers looking to stay anonymous.