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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Privacy Matters - Does Eric Schmidt Think We're Stupid?

Google's Eric Schmidt tried to downplay privacy issues after they were caught snooping private Wi-Fi data by the German government.

His defense was that there was "no harm, no foul".

Seriously?

No one usually gets harmed or fouled when telephone lines are tapped. So should that be legal?
No one gets harmed when stalkers passively follow young women everywhere they go. So should that be allowed too?

His defense that no individual was hurt shows an absolute lack of respect for user privacy.

The most alarming fact, though, is that in spite of this admission of guilt, users will continue to use Google for more and more services - on computers, on the desktop and now even on TV!
in reference to: BBC News - Google chief Eric Schmidt downplays wi-fi privacy row (view on Google Sidewiki)