I've spent the last few hours in ICANN meetings where the topic of discussion has been the future of WHOIS.
It's a very hot topic, though I do get the distinct feeling that:
- ICANN meetings involve a lot more discussion than decision-making
- A non-American viewpoint is not overly welcome
What ICANN are trying to decide is how to deal with WHOIS data.
They want to remove a lot of the detail from the whois, but they seem to have placed far too much emphasis on US legislation. They seem to have ignored the EU data privacy concerns.
You can read the document being discussed here