The ICANN (Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers) committee has decided to leave the WHOIS database as it is.
The committee, called the Generic Names Supporting Organization, also voted 17-7 against a proposal that would have allowed "natural persons," people who register domain names for purposes other than conducting business over the Internet, to list the contact information of designated third parties in the WHOIS database, rather than their own.
Also, the option for domain name registrars to decide on access to information on the WHOIS database was voted down.
As of now, the study into privacy concerns with respect to the WHOIS database are to continue.
Is public access to information on domain name owners such a big privacy risk?