In my years of blog hosting, I’ve often had clients request a way to register a domain while keeping their identity private. People do it for a variety of reasons – they want to talk about their boss, their ex-wife, whatever. Within the past year, I’ve sent them to one registrar in particular because they offered a “privacy” option.
It turns out that it isn’t so private after all.
Go read about the fact that they will “out” you if they feel the need, without following any of their own guidelines in the process. Good luck to Alan as he deals with the problems they have caused by making his private information available to the public.