MakeUseOf: The 9 Best Websites to Look Up WHOIS Information for Free. “Typical WHOIS data can include a name, address, email, phone number, administrative and technical contacts, or other important personally-identifying information.” If the registration data isn’t being protected by anonymity features. BUT it’s also important to check WHOIS data to learn things like when a domain was registered. I’ve never seen that information masked.
ITNews: ICANN files suit to protect WHOIS database. “Domain overseer ICANN is mounting a legal test case against a German registrar as a last-ditch attempt to protect the WHOIS master database, which identifies who owns what internet domain. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has filed suit against EPAG – part of the Tucows Group.”
PRWeb: JsonWHOIS is Now Offering Complete Whois Database Download (PRESS RELEASE). “JsonWHOIS, a company specializing in domain Whois API services, announced today they would begin offering access to complete whois database download. The announcement means the company will now offer users access to close than 300 million active domain names with WHOIS records, including data on important dates like expiration and creation, owner and contact information, name servers, and social data including counts from websites including Google, Twitter, and Facebook.” As you might imagine, this is not free.