Almost every day, there is a news story about some potential loss of privacy. Today’s headline for example was Privacy debate looms as Canada prepares to share bank data with U.S.
A debate over fighting tax evasion versus protecting personal privacy looms large for Canada as it prepares to announce a deal with the United States to share banking information.
The arrangement would allow Ottawa to soften the blow for Canada – and the roughly one million Americans who live here – when it begins complying with the more controversial aspects of a sweeping new U.S. law that takes effect next January 1.
Sometimes, you don’t want to go where everybody knows your name. Unfortunately, that can be the internet if you register a domain name. Under normal circumstances, registering a domain name will take your personal information and put it up for access under a whois request, a function supported by a number of indexing and DNS services. Generally there’s no harm in this, but it’s still something many individuals aren’t comfortable with outside a business context where those looking it up will be referred to an identity and business address in a business context, and understandably so.
Private domain registration at Register.com and similar DNS registries allows you to circumvent the publicizing of your personal information by registering the domain name through a proxy. The proxy service puts their information forward instead, and you don’t need to make yourself known. It will still be known that you’ve opted to have an agent intervene, but it’s unlikely that anyone will hold it against you.
While this is unnecessary for most businesses with brick-and-mortar addresses to point users at, it can be absolutely invaluable for private individuals looking to start personal websites, or websites that delve into things they’d consider too sensitive to associate themselves with. Whether this is a nerdy hobby or something political, private domain registration lets you put your website up without attaching your offline identity to it, allowing for greater peace of mind. It’s certainly something to think about.