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Being charged for domain contact privacy

Is this something new?

     
2:33 pm on Apr 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Just logged into my registrar and see that all of our contact privacy has been turned off and we are being told we need to pay for contact privacy? Is that something new across the board?
3:16 pm on Apr 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

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My registrar has always charged a fee for privacy option, so it's not new for me. I always chose the option as it helps combat scrapers looking for e-mail contacts and the cost for privacy was always going to be less than the cost of fighting the junk.
9:10 pm on Apr 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Same principle as making people pay for unlisted phone numbers,* right? The option doesn't have to cost the provider more money-- may even cost them less-- it only has to be something people are willing to pay extra for.


* Assuming for the sake of discussion that you're old enough to remember when "the phone company" published "the phone book", and "information"/"directory assistance" got you a human.
9:22 pm on Apr 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Thanks guys... From a monetizing standpoint it makes sense for them to charge. I was just surprised b/c it used to be free.
 

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