Google CEO Admits Divulging User Info

With its number 1 search engine, instant chat client, email service, advertising service, and many other products and services, Google have access to a wealth of personal data about almost everybody using the internet.

Many have questioned the rationality of entrusting one company with all that info and its implications on our privacy and security. Today, Google CEO Eric Schmidt ridiculed those concerns, saying that "if you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."

Schmidt then admitted that Google does sometimes release its users' private data, stating that "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."

It's worthy to note that Schmidt himself has banned CNet from Google for an entire year after the major news site published a story listing his personal info that could be found through Google search. The info included his salary, neighborhood and hobbies.

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Google CEO Admits Divulging User Info

Communist? These people are pro-capitalists. Those who have the power want to know what kind of threats there are against them. Standard behavior.Same goes for socialist countries where threats are collected and analyzed. The difference is that a socialist state represents the people while a capitalist such represent the minority of owners.

Google CEO Admits Divulging User Info

the patriot act when looked at from a distance(ie not bound by US law) really is nothing more than a method of control. the second that was passed all US citizens should of left the country or taken it back by force.its similar to the policy's of Hitler's 3rd Reich. this one piece of legislation makes me question everything America stands for and the validity of there claims about terrorism.

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