Qutoe from godaddy.com:
"ICANN is the international governing body for all domain names. ICANN requires every registrar, including GoDaddy.com, to maintain a publicly accessible WHOIS directory displaying all contact information for all domain names registered. That means your personal information --- your name, home address, phone number and email address Eare made available to anyone who wants to see it Eand it's available 24 hours a day, everyday. Your personal information is exposed to spammers, scammers and a whole host of unsavory characters."
Okay I don't really understand this. Who has access to this "WHOIS" directory and ICANN? If it's a goverment thing then I doubt anyone can say "yeah give me all the info for such and such site" without going through proper channels. It's illegal to give away a person's personal information without their permission first.....
And why would DreamHost not protect it's customers by keeping their info private? They'd be a lousy company if they didn't.