According to the policies adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the contact information a domain is registered with must be valid and accurate at all times. In addition, this information is freely accessible on WHOIS lookup web sites and while this may be okay for corporations, it may not be very convenient for individuals, because anyone can see their names and their personal street and email addresses, particularly in times when identity theft is not that atypical. This is why domain name registrars have introduced a service that hides the details of their clients without modifying them. The service is referred to as Whois Privacy Protection. If it’s activated, people will see the details of the registrar, not the domain owner’s, if they do a WHOIS lookup. The Whois Privacy Protection service is supported by all generic Top-Level Domain extensions, but it is still impossible to hide your private details with certain country-code ones.