Whois Privacy Protection, occasionally also referred to as WHOIS or Whois Privacy Protection, is a service that hides the real contact information of domain registrants on WHOIS websites. Without such protection, the name, street address and email of any domain owner will be publicly visible. Providing fake info during the domain registration process or changing the authentic info at a later time will simply not work, as doing such a thing may result in the domain registrant losing their domain ownership rights. The policies approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), require that the WHOIS info must be correct and up to date all the time. The Whois Privacy Protection service was launched by domain name registrars as an answer to the increasing concerns for potential identity theft. If the protection service is activated, the registrar company’s contact info will be shown instead of the client’s upon a WHOIS check. Most domains support the Whois Privacy Protection service, even though there are certain country-code extensions that don’t.