I completely agree. It always makes me laugh when (usually particularly uninteresting) people make this big deal of protecting their privacy, thinking that anybody actually cares. PEOPLE - YOU'RE NOT THAT INTERESTING. At the end of the day, you're going to die. If you choose to never publish any information about yourself in the public realm - fantastic, your legacy will be lost forever, and your name will be forgotten - but I'm sure you'll feel some sort of sense of achievement that you've 'defied the powers that be'. Those who aren't as paranoid and who do publish information on the internet will have their names (and possibly related information) 'etched in stone' for the rest of time (or until the LHC destroys the universe). Take your pick. I'm choosing to participate in the internet.