ID Protection, at times also referred to as Privacy or WHOIS Protection, is a service that hides the real contact info of domain registrants on WHOIS check websites. Without such protection, the name, home address and email of any domain name registrant will be publicly visible. Giving fake info during the registration process or changing the real details subsequently will just 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 details must be valid and accurate all the time. The ID Protection service was launched by registrar companies as an answer to the increasing concerns for potential identity fraud. If the protection service is activated, the domain name registrar’s contact details will appear instead of the registrant’s upon a WHOIS check. Most domains support the ID Protection service, although there are some country-code extensions that do not.