On Thursday, Mr Facebook declared its refusal to provide details on a number of fields that were impersonating the social media company and its services in an action against the domain registrar Namecheap and its privacy service Whoisguard.
Facebook notes that it actively scans for domain names and applications that contravene its trademarks, and that Facebook and its services have 45 domains that disguised whoisguard to conceal its information. Instagrambusinesshelp.com and facebo0k-login.com were included and whatsappdownload.site were included.
“We submitted Whoisguard letters between October 2018 and February 2020, and they refused to cooperate, even though they were obliged to provide information about these infringing domain names.”
The social media giant has agreed against Namecheap and Whoisguard to take legal action to obtain information on the unsuccessful sectors. These domains are also used for phishing, fraud and scams, the Company says.
In response to the complaint against Facebook, Namecheap states that it ‘takes customers’ privacy, internet rights and due process seriously’ and has resisted efforts to restrict consumer rights.
The registrar claims Facebook filed a complaint because it failed to provide private information for a domain registrant without a court order.
“We systematically eradicate any misuse of our services on a daily basis on evidence basis. If there is no strong evidence of abuse or a solely trademark argument, Namecheap will direct complainants like Facebook to adopt a standard protocol for industry. Apart from this protocol, a legal order is always required in order to provide information for private users, “said Richard Kirkendall, CEO of Namecheap.
Kirkendall added, “Facebook might be prepared to browse the privacy of its users on its own website and in this case, it appears that other businesses with their own customers are able to do this. It is another attack on privacy and the due process to protect the privacy of millions of internet users with services like WhoisGuard.” Facebook last year brought a similar complaint against the OnlineNIC domain registrar and its proxy service.