Friday, March 13, 2015

Google Exposes Anonymous Bloggers

Many people who register their domain through Google, and anonymize it with Enom, had their full name and address exposed for a short period after this year's renewal.  ZDnet reports that a flaw effecting 280,000 users lead to their domain being renewed, but not their Enom -- so their legal name and address was listed in the public WHOIS data.

Google's official letter described this as only effecting "a portion" of users.  Well, I suppose 94% is technically "a portion".

On the up side, hardly anyone noticed this even during the six days the privacy setting were not in force and effected users got a free year of registration. But that will be small compensation to any user who suffer serious consequences from being exposed.

2 comments:

Maryn Blackburn said...

Jesus. What part of "anonymous" eluded them? We all know how being outed as a purveyor of filth can harm the erotica writer in ways public and private--jobs lost, family relationships damaged, children taunted. Sheesh.

Emily Veinglory said...

I imagine it was a "clicked the wrong button" mistake. I am more surprised by the fact it took six days to fix than that it happened. I just hope no one suffers as a result. There are a lot of "moral crusaders" and wacko stalkers out there.