According to the policy adopted 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 at all times. What’s more, this information is openly available on WHOIS sites and while this may be okay for organizations, it may not be very acceptable for individuals, because everyone can see their names and their personal email and postal addresses, particularly in an age when identity theft is not that rare. This is why registrars have come up with a service that hides the details of their customers without modifying them. The service is referred to as Whois Privacy Protection. In case it is activated, people will view the details of the registrar, not those of the domain owner, if they perform a WHOIS lookup. The Whois Privacy Protection service is supported by all generic Top-Level Domain extensions, but it is still impossible to hide your info with certain country-code extensions.