According to the policies approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the contact information a domain name is registered with must be valid and accurate all the time. Plus, this information is openly available on WHOIS lookup websites and while this may be OK for companies, it may not be very acceptable for individuals, because everyone can view their names and their personal postal and email addresses, all the more so in times when identity theft is not that infrequent. This is why registrar companies have introduced a service that hides the details of their clients without modifying them. The service is referred to as Whois Privacy Protection. In case it is enabled, people will view the details of the domain registrar, not those of the domain owner, if they do a WHOIS lookup. The Whois Privacy Protection service is supported by all generic Top-Level Domain extensions, but it’s still impossible to hide your info with certain country-code extensions.