Q: How do i find out the owner of a private registered website
There is a privately registered website that an individual posted information about me on. I want the information removed. The poster is anonymous, and the information is private information that I don't want made public. (It is from an ex girlfriend, I'm sure). The website has a no-removal policy (which they advised me of when I asked them to remove the content). I would like to know who owns and operates the website, but it is privately registered. How do I get this information? I know that I can't sue them, as they are protected by CDA 230, however, I'm hoping that if I can get their address, maybe I can write them a letter, pleading with them. I'm sure that if I wrote them a letter, explaining my side of the story, I might get a better response. Please help
A: While I doubt that you are correct that someone who has gone to the effort of successfully hiding will appreciate your finding them and respond to your sob story, it is a fact that you can sometimes find the true operator of a privately registered web site by sending the appropriate letter to the registrar, or by filing a lawsuit and sending a subpoena.
If you are sure you know who made the post, you might be able to sue that person for a public retraction.
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