According to the policy adopted by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the contact info a domain is registered with must be valid and up to date all the time. Besides, this info is openly visible on WHOIS sites and while this may be OK for organizations, it may not be very acceptable for individuals, because everybody can view their names and their personal home and email addresses, all the more so in times when identity theft isn’t that uncommon. That’s the reason why registrars have come up with a service that hides the details of their clients without editing them. The service is called Whois Privacy Protection. In case it’s active, 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 Top-Level Domain extensions, but it is still not possible to conceal your personal details with certain country-code ones.