According to the policies 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. Moreover, this information is openly available on WHOIS lookup websites and while this may be OK for corporations, it may not be very convenient for individuals, since anyone can see their names and their personal email and home addresses, especially in times when identity theft is not that uncommon. That is why registrar companies have introduced a service that hides the details of their clients without modifying them. The service is called ID Protection, Privacy Protection or WHOIS Protection. In case it’s active, people will view the details of the registrar company, not those of the domain owner, if they do a WHOIS lookup. The ID Protection service is supported by all generic domain extensions, but it is still impossible to hide your information with some country-code extensions.