Question 1: Will my contact information be published in the .CA WHOIS?
It depends, but it’s easy to determine.
One of the benefits of registering a .CA (besides showing off that your website is proudly Canadian) is that if you select an “individual” category when you register (for example, a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident), you automatically benefit from free privacy protection in WHOIS.
When someone searches for a domain that was registered as an individual, this is what shows up in our WHOIS results:
Personal information about the holder of this domain name is not available in the search results because the registration is privacy protected.
For those of you who are registering a domain and choosing a non-individual category (that is, you’re registering as a business), privacy protection may be offered by your registrar, either included in the domain price or for an extra fee.
Read more about Canadian Presence Requirements.
Question 2: CIRA, can you make my WHOIS information private?
We receive a lot of calls from registrants thinking that CIRA can adjust privacy.
The common reason for people asking this question is that they’ve accidentally registered a business domain name that ought to be an individual domain name. In this case, you will need to contact your registrar to change the CPR category for your domain.
Question 3: How can I get in touch with someone who has private domain information?
There are a couple of scenarios where you visit a website and want to get in touch with the owner, but there is no contact information on their website.
You can head to WHOIS, but if they’ve registered as an individual, of course you won’t be able to see any contact information. In this case, the WHOIS would direct you to CIRA’s Message Delivery Form, which sends a message to the registrant without CIRA revealing any contact information. It is important to note that, when sending the form out, the registrant is under no obligation to respond to your message.