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 accurate all the time. Additionally, this information is openly accessible on WHOIS lookup websites and while this may be okay for firms, it may not be very acceptable for individuals, because everybody can view their names and their personal email and postal addresses, all the more so in an age when identity theft is not that atypical. That’s why registrar companies 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. If it is enabled, people will see 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 TLD extensions, but it is still impossible to hide your private info with certain country-code ones.