Whois Privacy Protection, occasionally also referred to as WHOIS or Whois Privacy Protection, is a service that conceals the actual contact information of domain registrants on WHOIS lookup sites. Without such protection, the name, address and email of any domain name registrant will be openly visible. Supplying fake info during the domain registration process or altering the authentic info subsequently will simply not work, as doing such a thing may result in the registrant losing his/her ownership of the domain name. The policies adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), require that the WHOIS details must be valid and up to date at all times. The Whois Privacy Protection service was launched by registrars as a response to the increasing concerns about possible identity theft. If the protection service is enabled, the domain registrar’s contact information will be shown instead of the registrant’s upon a WHOIS check. Most domain names support the Whois Privacy Protection service, even though there are certain country-code extensions that don’t.