Domains by Proxy

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Domains by Proxy (DBP) is an Internet company owned by Go Daddy founder Bob Parsons. It offers domain privacy services through partner domain registrars such as Go Daddy and Wild West Domains.

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,[1][2] or for other reasons as deemed appropriate by DBP per its Domain Name Proxy Agreement.[2] Over 9,400,000 domain names currently use the Domains by Proxy service.[3]

Political usage[edit]

In the run-up to the 2012 United States presidential primaries, numerous domain names with derogatory expressions have been registered through Domains by Proxy by both Republicans and Democrats.[4]

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.[citation needed]

Domains by Proxy has also been used by http://www.stopgillardscarbontax.com,[5] a project of the conservative Menzies House website http://www.menzieshouse.com.au/.

As of 2013 it is also being used by http://stopthesethings.com/, a campaign opposing wind turbines in Australia, which has unclear funding and organization as reported by The Guardian.[6]

Controversy[edit]

Fraudsters[edit]

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.[7]

Privacy[edit]

In 2014, Domains by Proxy handed over personal details of a site owner to Motion Picture Association due to allegedly copyright infringement despite the website not hosting any copyrighted files.[8]

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