According to the policies adopted by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the contact info a domain name is registered with must be valid and accurate at all times. Besides, this information is publicly visible on WHOIS sites and while this may not be a problem for companies, it may not be very acceptable for individuals, since anybody can view their names and their personal home and email addresses, all the more so in times when identity fraud isn’t that rare. That’s why registrars have come up with a service that conceals the details of their clients without changing them. The service is referred to as Whois Privacy Protection. In case it is active, people will see the details of the domain registrar, not those of the domain owner, if they do a WHOIS search. The Whois Privacy Protection service is supported by all generic Top-Level Domain extensions, but it is still impossible to hide your private info with certain country-code extensions.