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ICANN Acronyms and Terms

ICANN has hundreds of acronyms and terms, which can be confusing. We created this multilingual tool to help explain what these terms mean and facilitate your work within the ICANN community.

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  • proxy service

    A service provided by a third party that shields the identity of a customer by becoming the domain name’s holder of record. When the domain name is queried by a Registration Directory Service such as WHOIS, the identity and contact information for the proxy service is shown.