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Google CEO Once Shrugged Off Privacy Concerns: “If You Have Something That You Don’t Want Anyone to Know, Maybe You Shouldn’t Be Doing it in the First Place.”

The Infinite Brief
When asked during an interview for CNBC’s recent “Inside the Mind of Google” special in 2009 about whether users should be sharing information with Google as if it were a “trusted friend,” company CEO Eric Schmidt responded, “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

Schmidt’s statement makes it seem as if Google, a company that claims to care about privacy, is not even concerned enough to understand basic lessons about privacy and why it’s important.

In an ironic twist, Schmidt had blacklisted CNET reporters from Google after the tech news company published an article with information about his salary, neighborhood, hobbies, and political donations — all obtained from Google searches.

Curated from EFF

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