Domains by Proxy
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Subscribers list Domains by Proxy as their administrative and technical contacts in the Internet's WHOIS database, thereby delegating responsibility for managing unsolicited contacts from third parties and keeping the domains owners personal information safe from the public eye. However, a registrant's personal information can be released in some cases, such as a legal subpoena or cease and desist legal process, or for other reasons as deemed appropriate by DBP per its Domain Name Proxy Agreement. Over 9,400,000 domain names currently use the Domains by Proxy service.
Domains by Proxy have allegedly been a target of the Internet organization Anonymous due to perceived malicious business activities including inducements to join their service, claims of privacy that are not fulfilled and the lowering of Google PageRank of the sites they link to.
As of 2013[update] it is also being used by http://stopthesethings.com/, a campaign opposing wind turbines in the United Kingdom, which has unclear funding and organization as reported by The Guardian.
Controversially, Domains By Proxy is also used by a number of organizations such as Clearance.co that target vulnerable individuals by sending threatening psychic letters, such as zodiac-services.com, and fake drug companies such as the now-defunct uk-online-pharmacy.com.
- Private domains not so private? | CNET News.com
- Domains By Proxy Domain Proxy Agreement
- "Whois Organization Name: DOMAINS BY PROXY, LLC". Whoisology. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Rucker, P. and Farnam, T.W. In Campaign 2012, Web sites are the new real estate. The Washington Post, 18 October 2011.
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- "‘Domains by Proxy’ Hands Over Personal Details of “Pirate” Site Owner". TorrentFreak. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- www.domainsbyproxy.com — Domains by Proxy site