• http://www.texasenergyrates.blogspot.com Shadab Malik

    This seems like a beginning of the end of Google saga. With Asa Dotzler of Firefox reacting so strongly, the momentum may just build up further. Does this mean firefox may start using bing too for their default page?

    I don’t completely disagree with Eric and I am sure many of us would not. Ethically / morally he is correct (like a parent/teacher). However, people still need their privacy and would not want it to be breached for commercial or any other purposes.

  • http://thecommunicationsstrategist.wordpress.com/ dkasrel

    When you are in the privacy of your home browsing on your personal computer, unless you are engaged in something illegal, then we expect privacy. Yes, the data is stored, and data mined via computer algorithms, we know that, but we don’t expect our search history to be available to the public. Likewise, if we are on a social network where you have to agree to be connected to someone, then we expect that our communications are just between our circle of connections. Otherwise, why have the process of having to accept connections in the first place?

    I daresay, if, when the telephone was invented, if it was set up that all our phone conversations were made pubic by default, it would have been a commercial failure.

    Just because current technology enables the capture, storage and publication of user data doesn’t mean we should have to make a special request to maintain privacy.

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    its great news

  • DavidSH

    In the era of the Internet Google is more dangerous to privacy than Microsoft – actually Microsoft is the underdog and perhaps our best hope to check Google! Oh the irony

  • Stupidscript

    I agree that Schmidt was (a) pragmatically correct and (b) wrong to have said so. It was a slip of his tongue that put his company in jeopardy. That’s a mistake.

    dkasrel: When the phone system was set up, all calls WERE public calls. I strongly remember having a “party line” with several other rural neighbors. All one had to do was to quietly pick up the receiver to listen in on one of their phone calls … or they, ours. I couldn’t count the number of times one of us said, “Oops, sorry” before hanging up and trying our call again, later, because a neighbor or housemate was already on the line.

    DavidSH: Start up your Windows operating system, like 90% of the rest of the world, and use Bing. Voila! No Google. Now try to do that without Microsoft. Hmmm. You would be slightly less successful. The underlying reality is that the operating systems designer has a lot more control over what you do and information about what you do than any search engine will ever have … and, AFAIK, no search engine has ever sent details about what you have on your computer to its licensors, just to make sure you didn’t steal it from them. Think about who is a bigger threat to privacy, the next time you get a notice that “Updates are ready for your computer”.