In accordance with the policy 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. Additionally, this information is openly accessible on WHOIS lookup sites and while this may be OK for companies, it may not be very acceptable for individuals, because anyone can see their names and their personal postal and email addresses, especially in an age when identity theft isn’t that infrequent. Because of this, domain registrars have come up with a service that hides the details of their customers without altering them. The service is referred to as Whois Privacy Protection. If it is active, people will see the details of the domain registrar, not those of the domain owner, if they make a WHOIS enquiry. The Whois Privacy Protection service is supported by all generic domain extensions, but it is still not possible to hide your private info with certain country-code ones.