Dominic_X - 1:59 pm on Jun 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
My guess is it's really about shifting to a paid application process to make money for ICANN.
Under certain circumstances you can find out who owns a domain but you have to pay $x to the central authority that would control access to that info.
Changes to the policy may bring up some lawsuits - as there is a fee for hiding your details.
Some businesses will loose a significant income stream - and a potential new income stream would abound for one centralized body? Would it not?