Wow, I didn't have time to read the whole article, but what you pointed out is a major bomb. I do not have privacy services, but imagine the goldmine you could have if you sued a privacy service.....
All domainers should read all the transcripts from these meetings It will take a while though but you don't have to do it in one sitting ...
List of transcripts: http://www.icann.org/meetings/lisbon/..
I always tell people 2 simple words for things like this. BE AWARE.
Be aware why you need privacy, what are it's limitations, and what are all the.
Possible risks. There's little to no substitute for plain simple education...
Interesting stuff what I don't understand is why the whois information has to be public anyway. Surely having the information accessible to upon court order or to law enforcement agencies would be satifactory. But I guess we are way past that now.
I don't see why a document stating that the domain was owned by another party wouldn't prevent the domain being considered part of the assets of the privacy company.
What are the reasons people use privacy services?.
In my case I haev a couple of adult domains. I could do without the attention that they might bring.
Anyone have an easy/inexpensive solution for domain privacy?.
I dont mind my name being available, but I would prefer that my home address and phone number were not. I could get a PO Box for something like $20 every 3 months, thats no big deal, but I don't want to pay for another another phone just to use in my Whois...
There are P.O. box services that offer phone answering services as well..
But buying a simple prepaid phone and card combined will be a lot cheaper for you.
Perhaps you already have a old mobile laying around somewhere all you need then is a prepaid card...
PO Box and an online phone number, or if you already use vonage or similar service at home, they usually have a "vanity line" or similar option for $2.99 to $4.99 a month ( $4.99 for a 1-800 number, actually) that serves as only an "incoming" number. The PO Box doesn't make you anonymous, and certainly isn't any sort of lawsuit or UDRP "protection", but it is one more barrier between you and unwanted spam/harassment..
I have never really seen the need for whois protection to begin with (other than spam prevention). But I have always viewed privacy more risky than the reward of less spam. With privacy you don't get offers. With privacy your domain could be stolen and you might not know.
As suggested...get a PO box and for the phone number...who cares. I think in 10 years I have gotten 2 calls from whois...neither was important. Just someone that wanted to ask me a question about my site...