Enabling/Disabling Privacy Protection for a Domain Name
Posted by Ryan D, Last modified by Jitin S on 06 January 2016 03:58:10 PM

Privacy Protection is a service available with your domain name. You may either enable this service at the time of Registering/Transferring your domain name or enable/disable this service anytime during the length of the domain name's registration, as per your requirement.

  • Privacy Protection is not available due to various restrictions, for the following TLDs (extensions):

    • Due to restrictions imposed by the Registry Operator:

      • .ASIA

      • .AU

      • .CA

      • .CN

      • .DE

      • .ES

      • .EU

      • .IN

      • .NL

      • .NZ

      • .PRO

      • .SX

      • .TEL

      • .UK

        Additional Information

        .UK Registrants who are non-trading individuals (those who do not use or plan to use their domain name for business, trade [including registration of domain names for monetization purposes] or professional transactions) can choose to opt out of having their Contact Details displayed in the Whois lookup.

        This option can be enabled by the Registrant from within his Nominet control panel.

      • .US

    • Due to other restrictions:

      • .ORG.CO, .MIL.CO, .GOV.CO, .EDU.CO

  • If you are transferring away your domain name from us, you need to first disable Privacy Protection and then place a Transfer request at the Registrar of your choice.

  • Depending upon whether the Privacy Protection feature is available for a TLD or not, the Order Information view of your domain name may or may not display the Privacy Protection status, under Order Information.

    If Privacy Protection is available for your domain name, then you would see the following status:

    • Privacy ProtectionEnabled (Green circle)

      This indicates that the Privacy Protection feature has been turned on for your domain name and your personal Contact Details are not being displayed in the Whois of your domain name.

    • Privacy ProtectionDisabled (Grey circle)

      This indicates that the Privacy Protection feature has been turned off for your domain name and your personal Contact Details are being displayed in the Whois of your domain name.

  • If the domain name is Locked/Suspended, you will have to first get it Unlocked/Unsuspended it before proceeding further.

  1. Login to your Control Panelsearch for the domain name and proceed to the Order Information view. 1

  2. Click the Privacy Protection link

  3. Here you may enable/disable Privacy Protection using the toggle.

  4. Click the Update Status button.


You will encounter the below error message in case the domain name is either:

  • Locked/Suspended at the Registry (and not under our system), or

  • a Transfer Away for the domain name to another Registrar is under process


Domain Status does not allow this operation.

If you wish to modify your domain name's Privacy Protection status in these circumstances, you have the following solutions:

  • Lock/Suspension applied at the Registry: Contact our Support Team to know the reason for Lock/Suspension and how this Lock/Suspension may be removed.

  • While a Transfer Away is under process:

    • Cancel the Transfer through the link listed in the email sent to the Registrant/Administrative Contact of the domain name and then perform the required modification, or

    • Wait for the Transfer to complete and then carry out the desired modification at the New Registrar.

Here is a screenshot showing how to access the Privacy Protection option.

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