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.")
Dr Eric Schmidt is very clever and wise. However, this hasn't always been Google's position. Has he changed his mind?
In July 2009, few months ago, he was wise enough to declare:
Eric Shmidt Interview July 2009: "I don't think anyone wants everything revealed. That's why we have doors and shades and so forth."
"..behavior of PPL online when they are teenagers. This isn't the sort of thing that they want to know when they are mature adults in leadership positions"
"...I have a specific suggestion that it should be common and legal to change your name at the age of twenty-one and say, "That wasn't me. It was a different person"'....
"I'm very strongly in favour of an individual's right of privacy but I'm very suspicious about Governments ..."
"...our Company makes a commitment to people to respect people's privacy and their personal information because it's central to the trust ..."
Read the entire interview transcript of Eric Schmidt for Marketplace in July 2009 http://bit.ly/EN1PB
Before that, in 2005, 'Google blackballed CNet's reporters after CNet published personal information about Schmidt's private life: ""Google representatives have instituted a policy of not talking to CNET News reporters until July 2006 in response to privacy issues raised by a previous story..."
A considerable amount of information is available through Google's applications and someone with access to Google's databases could find out about personal emails, locations, shopping, reading, preferences, travelling, etc...
The Rocky Mountain Bank’s customers private data revealed for random users because of humane mistake - Bank sues Google
When Google Runs Your Life
Dan Solove: "'I've Got Nothing to Hide' and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy" http://bit.ly/NtYuE answers E Schmidt
Google CEO says privacy doesn't matter. Google blacklists CNet for violating CEO's privacy.'
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