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Telecommunications and Information Association ("NTIA")
decision to disallow
new private domain name registrations on .US as of 1/26/2006.
Today I have the unfortunate responsibility of informing you that there has been
a decision made by bureaucrats of a Federal agency that takes away your right to
privacy as guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
This decision was unilaterally made by the National Telecommunications and
Information Association ("NTIA")
www.ntia.doc.gov without hearings that would determine the impact
on those affected, and delivered without notice in short, the NTIA decision was
made without due process of any kind. This is exactly how our government is not
supposed to work.
The effect of this decision is to disallow new private domain name registrations
on .US domain names. In addition, if you already own a private .US domain name
registration, you will be forced to forfeit your privacy no later than
January 26, 2006.
By that time, you will need to choose between either making your personal
information available to anyone who wants to see it, or giving up your right to
that domain name.
find it ironic that our right to .US privacy was stripped away, without due
process, by a federal government agency an agency that should be looking out for
our individual rights. For the NTIA to choose the .US extension is the
ultimate slap in your face. .US is the only domain name that is specifically
intended for Americans (and also those who have a physical presence in our great
country). So think about this for a moment. These bureaucrats stripped away the
privacy that you're entitled to as an American, on the only domain name that
says that you are an American. I am outraged by this you should be also.
If, like me, you are outraged at the NTIA's decision to strip away our
constitutional right to privacy,
www.TheDangerOfNoPrivacy.com will provide you with a petition to
sign. (Only your name will be published, your address and email information will
be kept private.) This Web site also provides a very easy way for you to
send either a fax or an email, expressing your outrage, to your Congressperson
and Senators. This is all provided at no cost to you. All that is required is
for you to take the time to visit
www.TheDangerOfNoPrivacy.com sign the petition, and send the fax or
email to your legislators.
On my personal Blog,
www.BobParsons.com there are a number of articles where you can learn
more about the NTIA's unfortunate decision and what you can do to help get it
I also will be talking about our right to privacy on Radio Go Daddy, our weekly
radio show that debuts today, March 30, at 7 PM PST. To find out how to listen
in, please visit the Web site dedicated to the show,
You can be sure that I, and everyone at GoDaddy.com, will do everything in our
power to get the NTIA decision reversed. However, we need your help. Please
www.TheDangerOfNoPrivacy.com to sign the petition and express your
feelings to your Congressperson and Senators.
President and Founder
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