Individual registrants who register their .nz domain names for personal use will be able to withhold their phone number and contact address from publicly appearing in domain registrant searches from 28 November.
The change to the public registrant details has come about after the Domain Name Commission completed a review of the Whois domain registrant search. After five rounds of consultation and 133 submissions from individuals and organisations, their input led to the development of this policy to become a major change in the .nz space.
The option to withhold contact information will be available from the 28 November 2017 with all .nz registrars having to offer the service from 28 March 2018. This timeline allows the registry and registrars to make any changes required in their systems.
The Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan is pleased with the robust discussion around this privacy measure and encourages individual registrants to think about using this option if they feel it's best for them.