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ICANN Acronyms and Terms

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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.