Help Us Shape The Internet's Future
Icon doc2ALAC Statement

Study on Whois Privacy & Proxy Service Abuse

Icon status


  1. Develop First Draft

    Ended: 27 Sep 2013

  2. Open for Comment

    Ended: 30 Sep 2013

  3. Finalize Final Draft

    Ended: 14 Oct 2013

  4. ALAC Vote

    Ended: 22 Oct 2013

  5. Submission

    Submitted: 22 Oct 2013

Submitted a Statement

Submission due: 22 Oct 2013 23:59 UTC


This study, conducted by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the United Kingdom, analyzes gTLD domain names to measure whether the percentage of privacy/proxy use among domains engaged in illegal or harmful Internet activities is significantly greater than among domain names used for lawful Internet activities. Furthermore, this study compares these privacy/proxy percentages to other methods used to obscure identity – notably, Whois phone numbers that are invalid. These findings will help the community understand the role that privacy and proxy service abuse plays in obscuring the identities of parties engaged in illegal or harmful activities, including phishing, cybersquatting, hosting child abuseSee public comment in
Icon doc3

ALAC Statement

Advice statement
Icon activity


Icon faq big

Frequently Asked Questions