Re: GDPR users were less exposed
I have a website, and I've opted out of having the details in whois. I don't need automated systems collecting my mail address and phone number; if someone really wants to know who owns the site or to contact me, they can fire up their browsers and read the pages or use the contact form. Given that I don't maintain any infrastructure that someone might need to ask me to fix (the original purpose of whois), what benefit does it have for my site?
In addition, I've never found whois particularly useful in other cases. For example, I had a domain name that I wanted, but someone else had. However, they were not using it for anything. In the whois details, I found that it had been registered twenty years earlier and that the owners were not a domain squatter, so maybe I could convince them to let me have it. But the contact details were the generic ones for the company that owned it. If I contacted them, I'd have ended up talking to people who probably don't know they have the domain name, let alone who I could talk to to ask for it. So what utility does it have for other domain names?
Finally, it has no use in security, because nobody verifies the data that's entered. If I was running a scam, I could put plausible data in there with no problem because the registrar is not going to verify it, which means that I can't use whois lookups to verify if something is trustworthy or not.