GoDaddy CEO Blogs About .us Privacy Decision

Posted on March 29, 2005

In February, the National Telecommunications and Information Association ("NTIA") made a decision that will disallow new private domain name registrations on .US domain names. .US domain name registrations that are already private will have to go unprivate no later than January 26, 2006. In other words, people will be unable to use a proxy service and have to list their personal contact information -- which can be pulled up in Whois databases. Bob Parsons, the CEO of GoDaddy.com, a service providing domain registrations and web hostings, had this to say about the NATA's decision:
I personally find it ironic that our right to .US privacy was stripped away, without due process, by a federal government agency -- an agency that should be looking out for our individual rights. For the NTIA to choose the .US extension is the ultimate slap in your face. .US is the only domain name that is specifically intended for Americans (and also those who have a physical presence in our great country). So think about this for a moment. These bureaucrats stripped away the privacy that you're entitled to as an American, on the only domain name that says that you are an American. I am outraged by this -- you should be also.
Bob Parsons explains more on his personal blog, Hot Points, where he also provides a link to a website called the The Danger Of No Privacy where people can sign a petition and write to Congress.