In accordance with the policies adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the contact info a domain
is registered with must be valid and up to date all the time. Besides, this information is freely visible on WHOIS lookup web sites and while this may be OK for corporations, it may not be very acceptable for individuals, because anybody can see their names and their personal home and email addresses, particularly in times when identity theft is not that unusual. Because of this, domain name registrars have come up with a service that hides the details of their clients without changing them. The service is referred to as ID Protection, WHOIS Protection or Privacy Protection. If it is activated, people will view the details of the registrar company, not those of the domain owner, 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 conceal your details with some country-code extensions.