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Google has made it obligatory for Google+ account details to be displayed alongside new reviews of Android apps on its Play store.
Previously posts could be submitted anonymously.
The move means the reviewer's name and profile photo - if they have one - will appear alongside their entry.Android App Reviews Now Require Google+ Account [bbc.co.uk]
Android apps 'leak' personal details
I strongly believe that any attempt at anonymity on the internet is impossible and misguided, so I have gone the whole hog and accepted G+.
There is a deliberate policy by certain companies to get us all used to the idea of abandoning privacy and it would seem that you are one of the victims of it.
I'm not exactly sure what I have given away by opening a G+ account. Have you any specifics that are above and beyond what I have already given away by opening up an Adsense account for example (aside from the obvious rather pathetic picture)?
In my mind, my Adsense account gives away my bank, my bank account number, the associated sort code, my address, my email, my phone number, the websites I operate et al. My Adsense account probably also gives them a very good idea of my income. In reality, with that information, they can literally identify my entire family both current and past over the last 500 years. They can track down my families addresses, their names, ages, the list is endless - all just by the information in my Adsense account. I assume that other Adsense type income generators also give the owners access to the same information.
As far as I can see, G already have anyone who has an Adsense account firmly by their balls, what more does G+ give them? And that's a real question not just a knee-jerk reaction, because if they can get hold of information more important than they already have I might just condsider if G+ really is a danger to me. Specifics please because I can't fathom what information they don't already have or can't derive from what they already have.