What is Contact Privacy?
Many registries allow registrants to enable Contact Privacy. Each registry has its own rules on who is able to enable privacy and under what circumstances; some registries do not allow privacy at all.
Contact Privacy allows an individual (and, in some cases, organisations) to optionally protect their personal contact information from WHOIS queries, which can help to protect individuals from spam, nuisance calls and junk mail.
WHOIS is a facility that every registry provides for anyone to look up the owner of a domain name. To look up a domain owner's details, go to the registry in question (e.g., nominet.org.uk for .uk domains) and use their WHOIS facility to get information relating to the owner of a specific domain.
There is a small fee for enabling Contact Privacy, which is payable annually.