According to the policies approved 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. Additionally, this info is openly visible on WHOIS websites and while this may be okay for corporations, it may not be very acceptable for individuals, since everybody can view their names and their personal street and email addresses, especially in times when identity fraud is not that uncommon. That’s why domain registrars have launched a service that conceals the details of their customers without modifying them. The service is called Whois Privacy Protection. If it is activated, people will view the details of the registrar, not the domain owner’s, if they perform a WHOIS search. The Whois Privacy Protection service is supported by all generic domain extensions, but it’s still impossible to conceal your personal information with some country-code extensions.