why is my personal info released to the public?

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why is my personal information i.e. name on credit card, physical home address, email address, other websites owned etc published on whois.domainnames.com i am outraged that my privacy is violated and my personal safety compromised by this act
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Hi Dakotah

Thank you for asking this question. I hope many other domain owners read it and understand the implications and the options that are available to them.

Just some additional information you may find helpful. The body that regulates how domains are registered on the internet is called ICANN. You can visit their website here: http://www.icann.org/ if you want to learn more about them.

However, as John has correctly pointed out, the inclusion of your information in the WHOIS database is standard and required of anyone who registers a domain, whether they do this through Yola or anybody else. This is for accountability purposes. Much the same as registered businesses have their information recorded in publicly available directories as a way of showing that they are legitimate, domain owners have their information recorded in the WHOIS database.

Of course many people don't want this. Mainly because they don't want to become the victims of spam. For this reason domain registrars offer a service known as domain privacy, in which we substitute our details for your own. However, your name or business name still needs to appear. This service allows you to fulfill the legal ICANN requirements, while protecting your private information. If you wish to take advantage of this service, please follow the instructions that Brianna has provided.

If you have any further questions, please let us know.