• http://www.netmagellan.com/ Ash Nallawalla

    I think this will reduce the privacy litigation that might occur some day. By stating the ground rules before opening the flood gates, G is playing it safe.

  • http://www.hostelmanagement.com/josh Josh

    This is a sinister trend among social networking services. Quora recently asked me to verify my account with a Government-issued ID.

    You shouldn’t have to use your real name or publicly identify yourself to evil scrapers or even to Google, who personally identify you through cookies, ads, and Analytics as you browse the Web.

    The Blogosphere should say, \No.\

  • M.M.D.

    I would agree with both, Ash and Josh above, but privacy on the web remains a tightrope walk. On the one hand I see Google’s need to gain traction in the social networking space and by starting early on clarifying and openly discussing privacy aspects and implications users should be aware of what they’re buying into. On the other hand, there’s always the danger that corporations end up knowing more about you than you do about yourself – particularly if that information is abused.

    As a minimum users need to be able to manage the level of information about themselves out there, the level of information that remains with corporations (or any other businesses) and be in control of what’s publically available.