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During his flying visit to Sydney, ZDNet.com.au asked Schmidt whether, if Google was sharing information with the US government, the company would admit to it.
"That's a good question," he said. "The US government has attempted to get us to give them information and we have a very strong legal system in the United States -- as you do -- and that legal system is really important, in terms of limiting random explorations by governments.
"The technical answer is that we do not collaborate with governments unless they are following their normal course of business -- they have to actually follow all of their procedures. In that case if that were occurring they would have had to follow all of their procedures."