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Discussion in 'New Domainers' started by cah1234, May 7, 2017.

  1. cah1234 United Kingdom

    cah1234 Member

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    Hi, i'd like to buy a .co.uk domain for business use. Is it possible to register it privately so my info doesn't appear on whois?
     
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  3. Lucky Luke United Kingdom

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    Yes, there are several ID Protection companies offering that service for the .uk namespace.

    I'm not sure how you are protected if those firms go bust. Best to read their T&Cs and probably have a chat with someone at Nominet Customer Services to see how Nominet regard it.

    Ask your Registrar/Host if they offer it. It costs a not very much each year.
     
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    It is easy enough to register a .uk domain and hide the details. which makes it a fairly common practice. Nominet have rules regarding this, but they are lightly enforced.

    If a business or trader tries to hide their location by omitting a physical address from their website, business cards etc., or obscuring registrant details I would assume they are working from a bedroom, not a serious enterprise and unlikely to offer reliable service.
     
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    Strange assumption to make?
     
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    Why do you think it is a strange assumption?
     
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    I'd also be much less likely to use their services or buy their products without such info as a lack of transparency sets alarm bells ringing.
     
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    That a bedroom/home business cannot offer a reliable service; but if he was meaning in the instance of hiding such information, then yes, the lack of clarity might be a cause for concern.
     
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    If you run a legitimate business selling goods or services, you need to provide a name and address for HMRC, banking, suppliers, insurers and so on. Why would you try to hide this information from your customers?

    Many bedroom/home businesses do provide reliable service, and I wish them success. There are also rogue traders who need anonymity to evade unhappy customers, or attention of law enforcement agencies.
     
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    100% agree with this; I just read your first post to suggest home businesses shouldn't be considered reliable. If they hide data, then absolutely you'd have to question why.