According to the policies approved by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the contact information a domain name is registered with must be valid and up to date all the time. At the same time, this info is freely available on WHOIS lookup web sites and while this may be okay for companies, it may not be very convenient for individuals, since everybody can see their names and their personal email and home addresses, especially in an age when identity theft isn’t that unusual. That is the reason why domain registrars have introduced a service that conceals the details of their clients without changing them. The service is referred to as ID Protection, Privacy Protection or WHOIS Protection. In case it’s active, people will see the details of the domain registrar, not the domain owner’s, if they do a WHOIS lookup. The ID Protection service is supported by all generic Top-Level Domain extensions, but it’s still not possible to hide your private details with certain country-code extensions.