Whois Privacy Protection, at times also called Privacy or Whois Privacy Protection, is a service that hides the real contact info of domain name registrants on WHOIS sites. Without such protection, the name, address and email account of any domain registrant will be freely available. Giving false details during the domain registration process or altering the real info later will just not work, as doing such a thing may result in the registrant losing their ownership of the domain. The policies approved by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, require that the WHOIS info must be valid and up to date all the time. The Whois Privacy Protection service was launched by registrars as a response to the increasing concerns for possible identity fraud. If the protection service is enabled, the domain registrar’s contact info will be shown instead of the registrant’s upon a WHOIS lookup. Most domains support the Whois Privacy Protection service, although there are some country-code ones that don’t.