According to the policies adopted 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 at all times. Plus, this information is freely accessible on WHOIS sites and while this may be okay for companies, it may not be very acceptable for individuals, since everybody can view their names and their personal email and home addresses, especially in times when identity fraud is not that rare. This is the reason why domain name registrars have introduced a service that hides the details of their clients without editing them. The service is called Whois Privacy Protection. If it’s activated, people will see the details of the domain registrar, not the domain owner’s, if they make a WHOIS inquiry. The Whois Privacy Protection service is supported by all generic Top-Level Domain extensions, but it’s still impossible to hide your info with certain country-code extensions.