Thursday, April 21, 2011

Eric Schmidt

This is from the bottom of a new Guardian article about the iphone location tracking, written by Charles Arthur.

"In a speech, Google's then-chief executive Eric Schmidt suggested that: 'If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. 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 and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities.'

His words provoked an outcry from privacy rights campaigners, who pointed out that privacy is a right, and that it protects every citizen from abuses by those in power."

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