Whois privacy and EPP contact objects

We sometimes get the question if it's possible to turn on whois privacy by default?

The answer in short is: yes, it's always the default.


Registrars may use the <contact:disclose> element to enable display of contact attributes in whois and RDAP records. By default, all contact attributes are opted-out of display*.

When performing a <create> or <update> command, the <contact:disclose> element may be used to enable disclosure of specific contact attributes, as per RFC 5733 Section 2.9:

<contact:disclose flag="1">

<contact:name type="int"/>
<contact:name type="loc"/>
<contact:org type="int"/>
<contact:org type="loc"/>
<contact:addr type="int"/>
<contact:addr type="loc"/>



An <update> command which contains a <contact:disclose> with a “flag” attribute of “0” or “false” will remove the specified attributes from display.


* Note: prior to July 22, 2018, the default was for all contact attributes to be opted-in to display by default.

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