Open letter to Google about account deletion sign now

Dear Google administrators,
I am disturbed by the fact that you began to delete not only public profiles, but also started to block other Google services as a way to enforce your new "real name" rules of the Google+ service, which I am voluntarily testing for you in its beta phase.

I live in a country with rich heritage of censorship and so-called "self-censorship". Similarly, there is also the tradition of using pseudonyms - as a defense against ostracism, economic and criminal persecution, as a way to secure the freedom of speech and the security of individuals or entire families.

So I consider the possibility to not disclose my real identity openly on the Internet not just as a natural, but as a necessity. It is possible that political reasons went down here, but the question of privacy and security is still relevant - on whole world.

Another reasons - artistic, (computer) historic - for the public use of pseudonyms were/will be certainly added by other volunteers of the experiment named Google+.

When I (in the early phase of the service) opened my account @gmail.com, you did not demand my true "citizen name" - I will not give it to you without a good reason - and I still did not found any similar request in actual Terms&Conditions of the gMail service. The idea you stop my account without warning or reason - I did not violate any law of my country or Netiquette via your service - is scary for me. Do you wish to block your Internet search service for me too?

Google+ public profile has one field named "Nick". I wish to use it, but it is impossible to set public. Visibility of the "real name" is not adjustable. I consider that fact really hazardous for my privacy.

Please think about fact that your service will soon use not only computer enthusiasts and exhibitionists, but people without necessary paranoia and perhaps people who must
choose between freedom of speech and their own safety. They probably, as in case of other social networks with the lack of privacy, decide to not use it, or to lie with risk of complete account deletion.

Please think of privacy for juvenile users. They wish to join your network right now (and I believe you wish them and need them here). They will find their way. Dont be evil - even in the case of "innocent" lie.

If you really wish to enforce "real name" rule for Google+, please send warning first or block public profile only, do not delete the entire @gmail.com account immediately.
I have no problem to leave another pointless social network with the lack of privacy, but I like your e-mail and other services and hope to use it in future.

I believe that I am not the only one voluntary beta tester of Google+ with similar opinions...

Sincerely yours
Mum alAthin

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