According to the policies adopted by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the contact info a domain name is registered with must be valid and accurate all the time. Plus, this information is freely accessible on WHOIS lookup websites and while this may be OK for corporations, it may not be very acceptable for individuals, because everyone can view their names and their personal email and home addresses, all the more so in an age when identity theft isn’t that unusual. This is the reason why registrars have come up with a service that hides the details of their customers without changing them. The service is referred to as Whois Privacy Protection. In case it is active, people will see the details of the registrar, not those of the domain owner, if they make a WHOIS enquiry. The Whois Privacy Protection service is supported by all generic TLD extensions, but it’s still not possible to conceal your personal information with certain country-code extensions.