In accordance with the policies approved by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the contact information a domain name is registered with must be valid and up to date all the time. Furthermore, this info is openly visible on WHOIS sites and while this may be OK for organizations, it may not be very convenient for individuals, since anyone can see their names and their personal email and street addresses, particularly in times when identity theft is not that infrequent. This is why registrar companies have introduced a service that hides the details of their clients without changing them. The service is called ID Protection, WHOIS Protection or Privacy Protection. In case it is enabled, people will view the details of the registrar company, not the domain owner’s, if they make a WHOIS enquiry. The ID Protection service is supported by all generic top-level domain name extensions, but it is still impossible to hide your private info with some country-code extensions.