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 correct and up to date at all times. In addition, this information is freely accessible on WHOIS sites and while this may be OK for organizations, it may not be very convenient for individuals, because anyone can view their names and their personal street and email addresses, all the more so in times when identity theft isn’t that atypical. That’s why domain name registrars have come up with a service that hides the details of their clients without altering them. The service is referred to as ID Protection, Privacy Protection or WHOIS Protection. If it is active, people will view the details of the domain registrar, not the domain owner’s, if they make a WHOIS inquiry. The ID Protection service is supported by all generic domain extensions, but it is still impossible to hide your personal details with some country-code extensions.