I’m about to transfer my .us domain to CF and in the process it said that my personal information will be publicly available on Whois. My current registrar put their info in so my data wasn’t visible, does CF not do this for .us domains?
It does not.
Is there a way to keep my personal data private?
If you are not comfortable with your information being public, you must not use a .us domain. Any registrar that hides your information risks their .us registry accreditation.
Washington Post 2005-03-04
Ruling on ‘.us’ Domain Raises Privacy Issues
If I was registering a new domain I would agree and use something else, however, I’ve had the domain for well over 10 years and right now when I query whois my data is not shown (have not migrated to cloudflare yet). Whois returns -
No registry RDAP server was identified for this domain. Attempting lookup using WHOIS service. Failed to perform lookup using WHOIS service: TLD_NOT_SUPPORTED.
I figured if the current registrar can protect it and be the proxy for whois then cloudflare could do the same, but sounds like that’s the not the case. I got the impression that this is an icann thing, but then how is my current registrar doing this? Or is it a CF thing?
BTW, when I look at the contact info in my current registrar it has their contact info for Registrant and Tech, and my info for Admin, if that matters.
You effectively have two options. You can move your .us domain registration to Cloudflare with genuine contact data, or you can keep it at your current registrar and hope they don’t realize their mistake (or get caught by the registry.)
Since my domain registration activity pre-dates the widespread availability of private domain registration, I have always been a fan of renting a mailbox. My brother liked to point a VOIP DID at voicemail that he never checked. Both of those can help minimize the exposure of your personal data. If you want to hide your name, too, you can always form a corporation or other business entity that can be the legitimate registrant.
Whichever you choose, you should now have sufficient knowledge to make the choice the suits your risk tolerance and other factors.
No, this is not an ICANN thing. This is the US government… specifically, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the usTLD sponsoring agency.
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