Any time you register a domain name, you must provide valid contact information for the domain owner. This information is published and made publically available in the “WHOIS” database. Anyone can look there to see who owns the domain and contact the domain owner if necessary.
Private Domain Registration is also called WHOIS Masking or contact privacy. It is a service offered by some domain registrars where they will either (a) not publish the domain owner’s contact details or will (b) publish “masked” details — i.e., details that point to anonymous names and addresses at the registrar.
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