wheel - 5:41 pm on Aug 31, 2011 (gmt 0)
. You ran for a public office. Mr. Schmidt and yourself have additional concerns, of course, due to your respective situations, but neither of those situations apply to the vast majority of the rest of us.
You want an example of everyone on the web? Eric Schmidt should know better, and he was still unhappy with the info. And I'm hardly a public person - I explicitly strive to keep my info private; much more so than the average person. For example, I didn't exactly run for king of the world, I ran for a political seat in a rural area of 5K people. And I had to sign a form that allowed the gov't to publish my info online (I could've declined if I actually was tinfoil hat). This is normal life for everyone, particularly if they're not sensitive to the issue as I am. Regular people likely have more info than me and Schmidt, not less.
I called a guy earlier this year to buy a domain. I started with a throwaway userid the guy had used in an auction, and ended up with the guy's phone number (and his two discrete businesses and business address). And his domains were privacy registered. Didn't help.
The point you're missing is that if Eric Schmidt and I can be found online, anyone can. We're not counter examples, we're the examples that prove the point.
And that's fine if you don't care - the problem is that most people DO care.