ID Protection, at times also referred to as Privacy or WHOIS Protection, is a service that hides the authentic contact information of domain owners on WHOIS check websites. Without such protection, the personal name, street address and email of any domain registrant will be freely available. Giving fake details during the domain registration process or altering the genuine info at a later time will just not work, as doing such a thing may result in the domain name registrant losing his/her domain ownership rights. The policies approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), require that the WHOIS information must be valid and accurate all the time. The ID Protection service was launched by registrars as a response to the growing concerns about possible identity fraud. If the protection service is enabled, the registrar company’s contact info will appear instead of the client’s upon a WHOIS check. Most domains support the ID Protection service, although there are certain country-code ones that do not.