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New policy could reveal your name and home address to anyone

New policy could reveal your name and home address to anyone
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Do you value your privacy? A big change being considered could expose some Internet users' names and address to anyone. Do you own a website? I'm a big advocate for having one. It's never been easier to register a domain or create your site. But the change being considered by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that could reveal website owners' identities and addresses to anyone who wants to know.

The ICANN is proposing a bill that will change the domain settings to make businesses ineligible for using a proxy server. A proxy is a false server that businesses often channel their servers through to help protect their private information.

With this new proposal, any website that is labeled as "for profit" would no longer be able to use a proxy. This means that anyone can pull up a business owner's street address, ZIP code, state and even their personal phone number.

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