Last week, I wrote about Namecheap’s effort to save domain name privacy. The domain registrar and hosting company teamed up with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Fight for the Future to launch RespectOurPrivacy.com.
Via a tweet from GoDaddy, I learned that there are quite a few domain industry companies that are backing the Save Domain Privacy campaign. According to the SaveDomainPrivacy.org website, “The SAVE DOMAIN PRIVACY campaign is a collaborative effort of several concerned Registrars and Privacy Service Providers, in partnership with privacy experts and civil society groups focused on these issues within ICANN.”
Some of the domain industry companies most of us in the industry know that are actively supporting the campaign include the following companies:
- 1 & 1 Internet
- Endurance International Group, Inc.
- InternetX GmbH
- Key-Systems, GmbH
- Moniker Online Services, LLC
There are quite a few other companies supporting this effort, and I understand the list continues to grow.
One of the cool things about the SaveDomainPrivacy.org website is that it gives specific examples of people and companies that might be harmed if the current ICANN policy is changed. I think it is helpful to look at what the change means and how it would impact a variety of people and companies who would be collateral damage.
I don’t use privacy services for my domain registrations on a regular basis, but there are certain domain names I prefer to register under privacy for a number of reasons. Frankly, I don’t see how removing privacy registration options is going to meet the objective that seems to targeted with the change.
You can sign the online petition to help protect domain name privacy on the SaveDomainPrivacy.org website if you would like to make your opinion known.