I have come across some interesting news concerning the registration of Canadiandomain names (.ca). The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) will be implementing privacy changes to the dot-ca (.ca) WHOIS, effective June 10, 2008. Fot those who are not familiar with the WHOIS service, it’s a public tool that allows users to search information about a domain name (ie. registration name, address, phone number).
After numerous discussions and feedback from the public, CIRA adopted a new WHOIS policy that no longer displays this information, to provide greater privacy for the Registrants. As an individual Registrant, your private information will be protected by default – no action is required to receive this additional privacy feature.
Previously, (and still for .com, .net, … domain names) a register would need to pay a fee to protect their data by using services such as Domains By Proxy or Myprivateregistration and many others). I fully support the CIRA’s decision and hope one day that other domain tld’s decide to follow suit.