Namecheap is a longtime champion of online privacy. In fact, privacy has been one of our core values since inception. We live this value within our business and our work with others. For example, we have a longstanding partnership with privacy-focused organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In 2016, we led the charge for a Privacy Bill of Rights on the internet. Why? Because we deeply believe in the right to privacy for every individual and we are committed to providing it.
On January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) will come into effect for California residents. The CCPA embraces many of the privacy rights for which we have advocated for years. We want to assure you that we still advocate for those rights and more. For those of you who reside in California, this page will help you understand the CCPA and our compliance with it.
At Namecheap, we collect information for two primary reasons. First, we collect information contractually necessary to execute purchases. This includes basic account information and payment information. It also includes information that contractually must be shared with third-party service providers, for example, Whois data is required to be shared with registries. For gTLDs, ICANN is implementing a “gated Whois” system where only certain fields will be publicly visible. However, unless you have chosen to protect yourself through a Whois domain privacy service, the full Whois details will be made accessible to law enforcement, intellectual property attorneys and other ICANN approved parties. We’ll let you know when we have a contractual or legal duty to collect and/or share information in this way.
For some products or services that you purchase, data will be collected directly by the third-party service provider. This will be true for most products and services purchased on our Apps Marketplace. Data collected by these third-parties directly does not fall under Namecheap’s CCPA responsibilities.
In particular, we have collected the following categories of personal information from consumers within the last twelve (12) months and will be updated annually:
|Category ||Examples ||Collected |
|A. Identifiers. ||A real name, alias, postal address, unique personal identifier, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, email address, account name, driver's license number, passport number, or other similar identifiers. ||YES |
|B. Personal information categories listed in the California Customer Records statute (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e)). ||A name, address, telephone number, passport number, driver's license or state identification card number, credit card number, debit card number, or any other financial information. Some personal information included in this category may overlap with other categories. ||YES |
|C. Protected classification characteristics under California or federal law. ||Age (40 years or older), race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, religion or creed, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, veteran or military status, genetic information (including familial genetic information). ||NO |
|D. Commercial information. ||Records of personal property, products or services purchased, obtained, or considered, or other purchasing or consuming histories or tendencies. ||YES |
|E. Biometric information. ||Physiological, behavioral, and biological characteristics, or activity patterns used to extract a template or other identifier or identifying information, such as, fingerprints, faceprints, and voiceprints, iris or retina scans, keystroke, gait, or other physical patterns, and sleep, health, or exercise data. ||NO |
|F. Internet or other similar network activity. ||Browsing history and search history within our website; information on a consumer's interaction with a website and advertisement. ||YES |
|G. Geolocation data. ||Physical location or movements. ||NO |
|H. Sensory data. ||Audio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory, or similar information. ||NO |
|I. Professional or employment-related information. ||Current or past job history or performance evaluations. ||NO |
|J. Non-public education information (per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. Section 1232g, 34 C.F.R. Part 99)). ||Education records directly related to a student maintained by an educational institution or party acting on its behalf, such as grades, transcripts, class lists, student schedules, student identification codes, student financial information, or student disciplinary records. ||NO |
|K. Inferences drawn from other personal information. ||Profile reflecting a person's preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes. ||NO |
Personal information does not include:
Publicly available information from government records.
De-identified or aggregated consumer information.
Information excluded from the CCPA's scope, like:
health or medical information covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) or clinical trial data;
personal information covered by certain sector-specific privacy laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FRCA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) or California Financial Information Privacy Act (FIPA), and the Driver's Privacy Protection Act of 1994.
We obtain the categories of personal information listed above from the following categories of sources:
Directly from our customers or their agents. For example, from documents that our customers provide to us related to the services for which they engage us.
Indirectly from our customers or their agents. For example, through information we collect from our customers in the course of providing services to them.
Directly and indirectly from activity on our website (www.namecheap.com). For example, from submissions through our website portal or website usage details collected automatically.
From third-parties that interact with us in connection with the services we perform.
Use of Personal Information
We may use or disclose the personal information we collect for one or more of the following business purposes:
To fulfill or meet the reason for which the information is provided.
To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us.
To provide you with email alerts and other notices concerning our products or services that may be of interest to you.
To carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, including processing payments.
To improve our website and present its contents to you.
For testing, research, analysis and product development.
As necessary or appropriate to protect the rights of our customers or others.
To respond to law enforcement requests and as required by applicable law, court order, or governmental regulations.
As described to you when collecting your personal information or as otherwise set forth in the CCPA.
We will not collect additional categories of personal information or use the personal information we collected for materially different, unrelated, or incompatible purposes without providing you notice.
Sharing Personal Information
We may disclose your personal information to a third party for a business purpose. When we disclose personal information for a business purpose, we enter a contract that describes the purpose and requires the recipient to both keep that personal information confidential and not use it for any purpose except performing the contract.
In the preceding twelve (12) months, we have disclosed the following categories of personal information for a business purpose:
Category A: Identifiers.
Category B: California Customer Records personal information categories.
Category D: Commercial information.
Category F: Internet or other similar network activity.
We disclose your personal information for a business purpose to the following categories of third parties:
In the preceding twelve (12) months, we have not sold any personal information to third parties for a business or commercial purpose.
We do not sell any personal information of minors under 16 years old without affirmative authorization.
Your Rights and Choices
The CCPA provides consumers (California residents) with specific rights regarding their personal information. This section describes your CCPA rights and explains how to exercise those rights.
Right to Know/Access and Data Portability Rights
You have the right to request that we disclose certain information to you about our collection and use of your personal information over the past 12 months. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request, we will disclose to you, specifically for each category of personal information collected:
The categories of personal information we collected about you.
The categories of sources for the personal information we collected about you.
Our business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling that personal information.
The categories of third parties with whom we share that personal information.
The specific pieces of personal information we collected about you (also called a data portability request).
If we sold or disclosed your personal information for a business purpose, two separate lists disclosing:
sales, identifying the personal information categories that each category of recipient purchased; and
disclosures for a business purpose, identifying the personal information categories that each category of recipient obtained.
Deletion Request Rights
You have the right to request that we delete any of your personal information that we have collected from you and retained, subject to certain exceptions. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request, we will delete (and direct our service providers to delete) your personal information from our records, unless an exception applies. Deletion will be completed by permanently erasing your personal information on our systems (with the exception of backup or archival systems) or by de-identifying or aggregating your personal information. In our response to your deletion request we will specify which method we used to comply with your request.
We may deny your deletion request if retaining the information is necessary for us or our service providers to:
Complete the transaction for which we collected the personal information, provide a good or service that you requested, take actions reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, or otherwise perform our contract with you.
Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for such activities.
Debug products to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality.
Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise their free speech rights, or exercise another right provided for by law.
Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Cal. Penal Code § 1546 seq.).
Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when the information's deletion may likely render impossible or seriously impair the research's achievement, if you previously provided informed consent.
Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with consumer expectations based on your relationship with us.
Comply with a legal obligation.
Make other internal and lawful uses of that information that are compatible with the context in which you provided it.
If we deny your deletion request we will provide you with a basis for such denial.
Exercising Access, Data Portability, and Deletion Rights
To exercise the access, data portability, and deletion rights described above, please submit a verifiable consumer request to us by either:
Emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Only you or a person registered with the California Secretary of State that you authorize to act on your behalf, may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information. You may also make a verifiable consumer request on behalf of your minor child.
You may only make a verifiable consumer request for access or data portability twice within a 12-month period. The verifiable consumer request must:
Provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify you are the person about whom we collected personal information or an authorized representative.
Describe your request with sufficient detail that allows us to properly understand, evaluate and respond to it.
We cannot respond to your request or provide you with personal information if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request and confirm the personal information relates to you. Making a verifiable consumer request does not require you to create an account with us. We will only use personal information provided in a verifiable consumer request to verify the requestor's identity or authority to make the request.
Response Timing and Format
We endeavor to respond to a verifiable consumer request within 45 days of its receipt. If we require more time (up to 90 days), we will inform you of the reason and extension period in writing. If you have an account with us, we will deliver our written response to that account. If you do not have an account with us, we will deliver our written response by mail or electronically, at your option. Any disclosures we provide will only cover the 12-month period preceding the verifiable consumer request's receipt. The response we provide will also explain the reasons we cannot comply with a request, if applicable. For data portability requests, we will select a format to provide your personal information that is readily useable and should allow you to transmit the information from one entity to another entity without hindrance.
We do not charge a fee to process or respond to your verifiable consumer request unless it is excessive, repetitive, or manifestly unfounded. If we determine that the request warrants a fee, we will tell you why we made that decision and provide you with a cost estimate before completing your request.
We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your CCPA rights. Unless permitted by the CCPA, we will not:
Deny you goods or services.
Charge you different prices or rates for goods or services, including through granting discounts or other benefits, or imposing penalties.
Provide you a different level or quality of goods or services.
Suggest that you may receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services.
Changes to Our Privacy Notice
We reserve the right to amend this privacy notice at our discretion and at any time. When we make changes to this privacy notice, we will notify you by email or through a notice on our website homepage.
If you have any questions or comments about this notice, our Privacy Statement, the ways in which we collect and use your personal information, your choices and rights regarding such use, or wish to exercise your rights under California law, please do not hesitate to contact us at:
Postal Address: Namecheap, Inc.
4600 E Washington Street, Suite 305
Phoenix, AZ 85034