According to the policies approved by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the contact info a domain is registered with must be valid and accurate at all times. At the same time, this info is publicly accessible on WHOIS websites and while this may be OK for organizations, it may not be very acceptable for individuals, since everyone can see their names and their personal email and street addresses, particularly in an age when identity theft isn’t that unusual. This is why domain registrars have launched a service that hides the details of their clients without editing them. The service is called Whois Privacy Protection. If it is 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’s still not possible to hide your info with certain country-code extensions.