While its not clear what exactly the changes will be to WHOIS in the long term, its expected that to comply with the GDRP deadline ICANN will roll out limited access to WHOIS this year (as a temporary measure) which only lets reasonable access to WHOIS such as by law enforcement. ICANN is also not enforcing WHOIS compliance on registries anymore as well.
These changes do not seem to be nice as now any website will be able to harass and threaten any individual without accountability of the general public. I hope WHOIS in its current form sticks but that does not seem likely.
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