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Gandi's Private Domain Registration: hiding your whois info
Because we care about protecting the privacy of your personal information, Gandi offers Private Domain Registration for individual-type accounts when possible.
This service allows you to hide most of your personal information from the public Whois database, with the goal of providing increased protection against automated processes which scrape people's personal information from public databases in order to spam them.
Activating or deactivating Private Domain Registration
- Log in to your Gandi account
- Click on the “Account management” tab
- Click the “Update your account information” sub-tab (direct link)
- Scroll down to “Private Domain Registration” and select “yes” or “no” as desired.
- Click Submit.
Your change should be reflected in the Whois right away.
Conditions and exceptions
This service does not hide your name
It is only possible to use our private domain registration service for a domain's contacts if you fulfill all of the conditions below:
The extension must allow registrant info to be hidden
For some extensions, whois information is managed by the registry (.eu domains, for example).
For more on this, please see this page.
The domain must be locked against transfer
Contact information will be publicly visible when the handle is linked to a domain name that is about to be transferred to another registrar. This is to prevent unauthorized transfers and is not limited to Gandi.
The handle must have private domain registration activated
Remember, this is a handle-based privacy option. It is not domain-based. Therefore, if your domain has 4 different handles, and you only activate private domain registration on one handle, the other three will continue to display the full information.