There’s been a few developments this week in my battle with Google over my name. More communication. And more media coverage.
On 18 August I responded to Google’s boilerplate email thusly:
My full, legal name is a mononym, “Stilgherrian”. It has been so for 30 years. This name has been used consistently throughout that time on every official document, in every credit line in print, on radio and on television, in everyday use… everywhere.
Dare I say it, a Google Search will soon reveal that.
My only photo ID is my passport, and I am unwilling to send a copy because I have security concerns.
I can’t edit my name in Google Profiles to match my “real” name, because it won’t let me leave the surname field blank.
How do we fix this?
Google’s reply arrived on 20 August.