ID Protection, occasionally also called Privacy or WHOIS Protection, is a service that hides the genuine contact details of domain owners on WHOIS sites. Without this service, the personal name, postal address and email account of any domain registrant will be publicly available. Providing false details during the domain registration process or changing the real info at a later time will simply not work, as doing such a thing may result in the registrant losing his/her ownership of the domain name. The policies approved by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, require that the WHOIS info must be valid and up to date at all times. The ID Protection service was introduced by domain name registrars as a response to the growing concerns about possible identity theft. If the protection service is active, the domain name registrar’s contact information will show up instead of the domain registrant’s upon a WHOIS lookup. Most domains support the ID Protection service, although there are some country-code ones that don’t.