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 correct and up to date at all times. At the same time, this info is freely visible on WHOIS web sites and while this may be OK for corporations, it may not be very convenient for individuals, since everybody can view their names and their personal email and home addresses, all the more so in times when identity theft isn’t that rare. That’s why domain name registrars have introduced a service that hides the details of their clients without changing them. The service is called Whois Privacy Protection. In case it is activated, people will see the details of the domain 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’s still not possible to hide your private details with some country-code ones.