In following up on Dr JBHL’s article Privacy Settings in Google + : What you should know, I came across an interesting page from google.com support that reads the following:
The purpose of Google Profiles is to enable you to manage your online identity. Today, nearly all Google Profiles are public. We believe that using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used. Private profiles don’t allow this, so we have decided to require all profiles to be public.
Keep in mind that your full name and gender are the only required information that will be displayed on your profile; you’ll be able to edit or remove any other information that you don’t want to share.
If you currently have a private profile but you do not wish to make your profile public, you can delete your profile. Or, you can simply do nothing. All private profiles will be deleted after July 31, 2011. Link
The way I see it, this would fall under What you will know one way or the other. I can understand this decision and to be honest it makes sense. It also emphasizes my point on Dr JBHL’s article, if you don’t want your info out there then either don’t put it or stay off the Internet. Use logic and educate yourself. This may sound scary but so far it doesn’t seem like a big deal. The moment it does, my new email address will likely have @hotmail.com, @live.com, @yahoo.com or something like that.
Look this up, check the facts and decide for yourself. Good luck.