Originally posted by EFGuy
Google CEO Eric Schmidt says privacy isn't important, and if you want to keep something private, "maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first
place" (in other words, "innocent people have nothing to hide.")
That is just a tiny bit of context from what the CEO of Google said during the CNBC documentary "Inside the Mind of Google." If you watch the whole
video the question and his entire answer are;
(Question) "People are treating Google like their most trusted friend. Should they be?"
(Schmidt's Answer) "I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the
first place, but if you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines including Google do retain this information for some
time, and it’s important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act. It is possible that that information could
be made available to the authorities."
Also, when answering a question about how powerful Google is with its vast amount of information on a lot of people, Schmidt said, "Protecting user
privacy is Google's top priority... We don't use it and we don't misuse it. We could misuse it, but if we did, we would quickly become much less
powerful because everyone would flee to our competitors… If we broke our trust with our end users, then they would leave and we wouldn't be very
[edit on 10-8-2010 by tooo many pills]