Registration privacy

When you buy a domain, you choose a privacy setting. This setting determines how much of the personal contact information that you provided when you registered your domain is available in WHOIS lookup:
  • Privacy protection on: Does not provide your personal contact information
  • Privacy protection off: Provides some or all of your personal contact information.

Depending on the registry, some information (organisation name, address and email ID) might be shown or hidden in WHOIS no matter what the privacy protection setting is.

About privacy protection

Privacy protection helps you avoid spam and protect your contact information. When privacy protection is on, anyone who looks up your domain in WHOIS sees alternative contact information provided by a third-party privacy provider. For example:

  • [encrypted_string][privacy_provider]
Using privacy protection means that you agree to the terms of service for your third-party provider: Contact Privacy is the provider for domain endings where Google Domains is the registrar of record, and WhoisProxy is the provider for domain endings where Key Systems is the registrar of record. To find out who your registrar is, check the list of domain endings.
If your privacy protection is provided by Contact Privacy, email correspondence is only forwarded if it's submitted via the website. If your privacy protection is provided by WhoisProxy, emails sent to the alternative email address are forwarded to the WHOIS email address that you provided.

How to change your privacy setting

Some domain endings don't support privacy protection. To confirm that it's available for your domain, check the list of domain endings.

To change your privacy setting at any time, follow these steps: 

  1. Open Google Domains.
  2. Select the name of your domain.
  3. Open the menu Menu.
  4. Click Registration settings.
  5. Scroll to Privacy protection.
  6. Select a privacy option:
    • Privacy protection on (private registration)
    • Privacy protection off (public registration)
Note: Depending on your domain, you might have the option to limit the personal information that's available to the public, or make all your contact information public.

Public registration for .COM and .NET domains

Domains that end with .COM and .NET automatically hide some registration information in WHOIS lookups, even if privacy protection is off. By default, only the following information is shown:

  • Organisation name
  • County
  • Country 

​​How to show all your information publicly

With .COM and .NET domains, you have the option to publish all your information. To publish all information, follow these steps:

  1. Change your privacy registration setting to Privacy protection off.
  2. Select Make all contact information public.
  3. In the consent dialogue, select Yes, make it public.
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