topr8, GoDaddy's privacy managing site DomainbyProxy.com has this on the home page:
Display your domain name – not your personal information. Did you know that for each domain name you register, anyone - anywhere, anytime - can find out your name, home address, phone number and email address? The law requires that the personal information you provide with every domain you register be made public in the "WHOIS" database. Your identity becomes instantly available - and vulnerable - to spammers, scammers, prying eyes and worse. Getting a Private Registration will: - Stop domain-related spam - Prevent harassers & stalkers - End data mining - Protect your family's privacy - And more!
But GoDaddy also says:
If you are in law enforcement, click here For our subpoena policies, click here
And you get this:
Domains By Proxy Civil Subpoena Policy
If you seek the identity or account information of a Domains By Proxy customer in connection with a civil legal matter, you must fax, mail, or serve Domains By Proxy with a valid subpoena.
As you see they have implemented very sound interpretation of the basic laws of the majority of democratic countries.
China does not give a d... about spamers or hackers, they just want to have access to every bit of information on the web.
[edited by: artek at 8:25 pm (utc) on Mar 25, 2010]