(The Hosting News) – Top domain registrar Go Daddy on Tuesday moved to block registrar data from its Whois database, citing the need to protect its clientele from harassing messages from domain investors.
On the company’s Support blog, Go Daddy noted such financiers “often watch Go Daddy Auctions® for expired domain names of value.”
“When they find domain names they want, they use the public Whois records to harass the current registrant into redeeming the domain name and selling it directly to the investor. Based on customer complaints, many investors participate in this practice, and some even hire outsourced teams,” the web host continued.
To deal with the issue, the company now no longer includes contacts pertaining to domains set for expiration.
Common Whois information usually includes contacts, mailing addresses, registration service providers along with nameserver information.
Go Daddy’s update specifically affects listed emails including those considered technical and administrative.
The company is the world’s largest domain registrar. In a high profile move, the company last month announced that it had brought on content developer Deutsch to help create ads for the upcoming Super Bowl.