According to the policy adopted by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the contact information a domain is registered with must be valid and up to date all the time. Furthermore, this info is publicly available on WHOIS lookup websites and while this may be okay for corporations, it may not be very acceptable for individuals, since everyone can view their names and their personal email and postal addresses, particularly in an age when identity theft is not that uncommon. That’s the reason why domain name registrars have come up with a service that conceals the details of their clients without altering them. The service is called Whois Privacy Protection. In case it’s enabled, people will see the details of the registrar company, not the domain owner’s, if they do a WHOIS lookup. The Whois Privacy Protection service is supported by all generic domain name extensions, but it’s still not possible to conceal your personal information with some country-code extensions.