I’m planning on moving all my domains over to Cloudflare and need to be assured that my personal info will never be exposed to WHOIS. I realize that Cloudflare registrar redacts all WHOIS data by default, which is excellent! However, there is still the question of how this situation might change in the future. For example, I’ve seen the following comment from Cloudflare staff on this subject:
"That’s correct - it’s redacted by default for all accounts in compliance with the ICANN Temp Spec (ICANN is the governing body for domain registration). They issued the decision as a temporary solution to handling PII after GDPR.
That said, ICANN did just release the final draft for RDAP - a protocol that will replace WHOIS. The industry will be adopting it this fall. It should allow for a way to share contact information on a domain to trusted parties while maintaining public redaction. We’ll be following the development closely."
So, the question that comes to mind is: given that the current privacy solution is temporary, is there any realistic chance that future changes in this area will result in my personal info being exposed to the public via WHOIS without warning and without my express consent? I realize that it’s probably not possible to answer this with a legalistic level of certainty, but can I at least be reasonably confident that nothing like that would ever happen?
If anyone here can take an educated guess about this–or, better yet, if any Cloudflare staff see this thread and are willing to weigh in–that would really help give me the peace of mind I need to take the plunge and transfer my domains over. Basically, I just want to be sure there’s no significant chance I’ll wake up one morning a couple of years from now and see that some new development or policy change has suddenly exposed my info via WHOIS without warning.
Thanks to anyone who can shed any light on this.