Re: Stating the obvious.....
I want to point out look how your comment got more downvotes than upvotes. But your comment is 100% right.
The problem is MOST PEOPLE don't know how the fuck the internet works and they don't understand this stuff is critically important. Disabling a system like WHOIS is similar to knocking out the support columns of a large bridge and hoping it doesn't collapse.
And all those people who don't have any idea what the fuck is going on are the ones downvoting posts like yours. They're the idiots passing laws like GDPR.