email from about privacy


April 3, 2005, 09:50 PM
I was going to put this in roundtable, b/c there is no firearms content, but I see that forum is now closed.
Nonetheless, I think this is another negative indication of the way things are going politically. :fire:
This was forwarded to me by a friend:

Dear Valued Go Daddy Customer,

Today I have the unfortunate responsibility of informing you that there
has been a decision made by bureaucrats of a Federal agency that takes
away your right to privacy as guaranteed by the United States

This decision was unilaterally made by the National Telecommunications
and Information Association ("NTIA") -- --
without hearings that would determine the impact on those affected, and
delivered without notice -- in short, the NTIA decision was made without

due process of any kind. This is exactly how our government is not
supposed to work.

The effect of this decision is to disallow new private domain name
registrations on .US domain names. In addition, if you already own a
private .US domain name registration, you will be forced to forfeit your

privacy no later than January 26, 2006. By that time, you will need to
choose between either making your personal information available to
who wants to see it, or giving up your right to that domain name.

I personally find it ironic that our right to .US privacy was stripped
away, without due process, by a federal government agency -- an agency
that should be looking out for our individual rights. For the NTIA to
choose the .US extension is the ultimate slap in your face. .US is the
only domain name that is specifically intended for Americans (and also
those who have a physical presence in our great country). So think about

this for a moment. These bureaucrats stripped away the privacy that
you're entitled to as an American, on the only domain name that says
you are an American. I am outraged by this -- you should be also.

If, like me, you are outraged at the NTIA's decision to strip away our
constitutional right to privacy, the Web site will provide you with a petition to
sign. (Only your name will be published, your address and email
information will be kept private.) This Web site also provides a very
easy way
for you to send either a fax or an email, expressing your outrage, to
your Congressperson and Senators. This is all provided at no cost to
you. All that is required is for you to take the time to visit sign the petition, and send the fax
or email to your legislators.

On my personal Blog -- -- there are a number
of articles where you can learn more about the NTIA's unfortunate
decision and what you can do to help get it reversed.

I also will be talking about our right to privacy on Radio Go Daddy,
our weekly radio show that debuts today, March 30, at 7 PM PST. To find
out how to listen in, please visit the Web site dedicated to the show,

You can be sure that I, and everyone at, will do everything
in our power to get the NTIA decision reversed. However, we need your
help. Please visit to sign the
petition and express your feelings to your Congressperson and Senators.


Bob Parsons
President and Founder

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April 3, 2005, 10:12 PM
Well, you have to give credit to Bob for trying. I am glad some people in the corporate world consider rights in their decisions. Too bad the Federal government doesn't... :fire:

April 3, 2005, 11:25 PM
I wonder why the only targeted .US ? Maybe the county extension is under the control of that country? ie .uk, .de come under UK and Denmark's gov't control?

Gathering personal info off domain names is nothing new, it's all public record. So unless .US was specifically privatized....I hate to say this, but I don't see a problem. Anyone can do a ... what is it? whois on a domain name and get all kinds of info, and most internet name registars do it automatically when you input the domain name.

April 4, 2005, 11:46 AM
I received the same e-mail because I have a .us name registered through them. Such a shame really. Not sure why it is an issue with the guvmint but I guess it doesn't matter to them. If they want all the toys in the toybox to play with, they'll just take them no matter how much fuss we put up.


April 4, 2005, 12:08 PM
Just another reason to vote Libertarian :D

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