Whois Privacy Protection, sometimes also called WHOIS or Whois Privacy Protection, is a service that hides the real contact details of domain name registrants on WHOIS check websites. Without such protection, the personal name, street address and email of any domain name registrant will be publicly visible. Providing fake information during the registration process or altering the real details at a later time will simply not work, as doing such a thing may result in the registrant losing their domain ownership rights. The policies approved by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, require that the WHOIS details must be correct and up to date at all times. The Whois Privacy Protection service was launched by domain registrars as a response to the growing concerns about possible identity theft. If the service is enabled, the domain name registrar’s contact information will appear instead of the domain name registrant’s upon a WHOIS lookup. Most domain names support the Whois Privacy Protection service, even though there are certain country-code extensions that do not.