(NaturalNews) The non-profit organization responsible for managing domain names online is proposing new privacy guidelines that suggest an imminent resurrection of the ill-reputed “Stop Online Privacy Act,” or SOPA. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is pushing for sweeping changes to how domain holders’ private information is handled that would make it virtually impossible for domain holders to maintain their privacy online if enacted.
As it currently stands, an individual or company that purchases a website domain can opt for WHOIS privacy, which ensures that the general public won’t be able to identify the owner’s address or personal information. However, ICANN is attempting to eliminate this privacy option for domain holders who engage in so-called “commercial activity,” a vague designation that could theoretically be applied to anyone who owns a website.
The entire WHOIS protection process stands to be completely decimated by this change, making it easier…
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