I got this letter from GoDaddy.com Today… Who cares? Do you think Bob is democrat? In my opinion, if he cared so much about privacy, why not make it free. Obviously, this is cutting in to his bottom line.
Dear Valued Go Daddy Customer,
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”) — http://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
I personally 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, the Web site http://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 http://www.TheDangerOfNoPrivacy.com
sign the petition, and send the fax or email to your legislators.
On my personal Blog — http://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 reversed.
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, http://www.RadioGoDaddy.com
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 visit
http://www.TheDangerOfNoPrivacy.com to sign the petition and express your feelings
to your Congressperson and Senators.
President and Founder