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Do I have to put my real information in the public WHOIS database?
Yes and no. Technically, you have to, but the problem is any information put in the public whois registry is completely public.

Because of this, there's a very good chance that any information you put out there will get on lots of email and snail mail marketing lists. You may want to put an email address you don't check very much for the contact info.

WE don't care what information you use. We use your Web ID information to contact you about things such as domains expiring or technical issues. So whatever you want to put in the WHOIS database is okay with us. It does say in the Registration Agreement you agree to when registering that you will put real information there.

NOTE: If you use false information for your email addresses, you may miss important information regarding the status of your domain registration (such as expiration warnings, etc.)

Last updated: May 03, 2004.

User Post (2004-06-15 19:20:43 by scottle)
Now that Network Solutions is offering something like "confidential regsitration," is Dreamhost going to offer a similar option?
User Post (2003-03-07 12:43:08 by freepath)
Hmmm. Yes, you don't "have to" put your real information into WHOIS. However, I wouldn't do this if there is *any* chance that you will be involved in a domain ownership/copyright/trademark dispute. Take a look at this link [http://www.biglist.com/lists/lists.inta.org/tmtopics/archives/0106/msg00247.htm l ], which explains that courts have held that falsified WHOIS information represents "bad faith". Recently, Congress also has taken up the issue of considering whether to make falsified WHOIS information a crime. Using false information is a common trick of spammers/domain squatters/other frauds on the Internet.

On the other hand, you may get more spam or other unappreciated contacts from individuals or companies who find your information on the Internet. Why not just use a pager number, P.O. Box or business address instead?

Please don't take a word of this as legal advice! I am not a lawyer. I am just offering helpful information.