kaled - 9:35 pm on Aug 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
Where? Germany? China?
Well, the UK for a start and, let's be clear about this, we we late to the party!
The reason why collecting, collating and publishing public data can be a bad thing is that it makes life easier for nutcases to find people. And since I'm being accused of being paranoid, you obviously accept that nutcases do exist (because you are accusing me of being one) thereby at least partially defeating your own argument... DOH!
There have been a number of cases where security experts have tracked people down from various snippets of information posted on websites. If all the necessary information is collected into one place, it will become easier to find people and, like it or not, there are some people out there who don't want to be found. Thousands of people go missing in the UK every year to start new lives because they simply hate their current life. So many go missing that the Salvation Army actually runs a service to try to reunite families.
There, you've had the reason spelled out very simply in black and white. If you wish to admit that you don't understand then fine but that's your problem not mine.