Bad Reputation? Google Says Change Your Name (3:13)

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In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Google CEO Eric Schmidt predicted that young adults would need to change their names in order to protect their reputations. Since social media and the Web are gaining stronger influence in people’s lives, he believes this will be a natural solution moving forward.

“I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time,” said Schmidt to the WSJ.

Does this seem like an odd solution coming from Google’s chief executive? Many people across the Web think so since Google collects valuable user information and makes it available. Read Write Web, who first drew attention to this statement, suggested that parents give their children shortened names since they would have to change them down the line anyway.

TechCrunch refers to the idea as “downright pointless.” In addition, the always intriguing Gawker points out that Google’s CEO has “the scariest vision of the future of privacy.”

WebProNews also caught up with college student Andy Norris, who calls the concept a “cop out” on the search and advertising giant’s part and says, “Google should be able to do better than that.”

Privacy issues related to Google are nothing new, but it appears that consumer concern for them is growing. What are your thoughts regarding this proposed solution from Google’s CEO? Do you find it ironic coming from one of the most powerful technology companies?

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