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.us Domains – No More Privacy

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Wired report that you will no longer be able to register .us domain names via a proxy to protect your identity. .com .net and .org are unaffected …

the Electronic Privacy Information Center said the move violates First Amendment rights to anonymous free speech. And the representative of one of the largest domain-registration companies is concerned that customers who have been victims of stalkers won’t be able to protect their privacy without changing their web address to a domain that offers anonymity.

Wired News has learned that the edict came a month ago from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Commerce Department agency that advises the president on telecommunications and information policy. The agency ruled with no warning and without any discussion with the companies accredited to sell and register .us domains. The domain companies were told they would lose their right to sell .us domains — the official, top-level domain for the United States — if they didn’t comply.

Nick Wilson is the publisher and founder of Threadwatch.org.

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.us Domains – No More Privacy
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