Domains by Proxy

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Domains by Proxy (DBP) is an Internet company owned by GoDaddy 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 secret. However, the company will release a registrant's personal information in some cases, such as by court order [1][2] or for other reasons as deemed appropriate by the company per its Domain Name Proxy Agreement.[2]

Over 9,850,000 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]

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.[5]

Advance Fee fraudsters also use Domains By Proxy. On 5 Feb 2016, the Artists Against 419 database reflected 1124 out of 108684 entries abused the services of Domains By Proxy. This represents a figure of slightly over one percent of the entries. [6]

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.[7]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Private domains not so private? | CNET News.com
  2. ^ a b Domains By Proxy Domain Proxy Agreement
  3. ^ "List of 9,863,496 domain names using Domains By Proxy". Whoisology.com. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Rucker, P. and Farnam, T.W. In Campaign 2012, Web sites are the new real estate. The Washington Post, 18 October 2011.
  5. ^ Dr. Bob [1]
  6. ^ Artists Against 419 Database [2]
  7. ^ "‘Domains by Proxy’ Hands Over Personal Details of “Pirate” Site Owner". TorrentFreak. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 

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