According to the policies adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the contact information a domain name is registered with must be valid and up to date at all times. Additionally, this information is publicly available on WHOIS lookup web sites and while this may not be a problem for companies, it may not be very convenient for individuals, since anybody can view their names and their personal email and home addresses, especially in times when identity theft is not that uncommon. Because of this, domain registrars have introduced 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, not the domain owner’s, if they make a WHOIS inquiry. The Whois Privacy Protection service is supported by all generic domain extensions, but it is still impossible to hide your information with some country-code extensions.