In accordance with the policies approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the contact info a domain is registered with must be correct and accurate at all times. Moreover, this information is publicly available on WHOIS web sites and while this may be okay for corporations, it may not be very acceptable for individuals, since anyone can view their names and their personal email and postal addresses, particularly in times when identity fraud isn’t that rare. That’s the reason why domain name registrars have launched a service that hides the details of their clients without changing them. The service is called ID Protection, Privacy Protection or WHOIS Protection. In case it is active, people will see the details of the registrar, 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’s still impossible to hide your private information with some country-code ones.