According to the policies adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the contact info a domain is registered with must be valid and up to date at all times. Additionally, this information is freely accessible on WHOIS websites and while this may be okay for corporations, it may not be very convenient for individuals, because anyone can view their names and their personal street and email addresses, especially in times when identity theft is not that uncommon. That’s the reason why domain registrars have come up with a service that hides the details of their clients without editing them. The service is called Whois Privacy Protection. If it is active, people will see the details of the registrar, not those of the domain owner, if they do a WHOIS lookup. The Whois Privacy Protection service is supported by all generic top-level domain name extensions, but it’s still impossible to hide your info with certain country-code ones.