inbound - 12:36 pm on Oct 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
The problem is not that a middleman might get this data. The problem is that we as website owners get this data. Always has been. This is the real privacy issue here.
There are arguments to be had about this, and everyone has different sensitivities. I would argue that it's totally fine, but our opinions are less important in this particular instance as Google has chosen specific ways to deal with the situation (different depending on paid or not) and has chosen a way to explain their stance. As long as their stance remains the same it's reasonable to ask them to put a "fix" in place that addresses their concerns.