Whois Privacy Protection, at times also called WHOIS or Whois Privacy Protection, is a service that conceals the genuine contact information of domain name owners on WHOIS web sites. Without this service, the personal name, street address and email of any domain name registrant will be openly accessible. Supplying fake information during the domain registration procedure or altering the genuine details subsequently will simply not work, as doing such a thing may result in the domain registrant losing their ownership rights. The policies adopted by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, require that the WHOIS information must be valid and accurate all the time. The Whois Privacy Protection service was launched by domain name registrars as an answer to the arising concerns for possible identity theft. If the protection service is active, the registrar company’s contact information will be listed instead of the domain name registrant’s upon a WHOIS check. Most domains support the Whois Privacy Protection service, although there are some country-code extensions that do not.