Facebook and Google: Contrasts in privacy | Security | Macworld

“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.”

-Eric Schmidt on privacy (he’s the guy that wants you to invest your life’s work in Google technologies)

via Facebook and Google: Contrasts in privacy | Security | Macworld.

One thought on “Facebook and Google: Contrasts in privacy | Security | Macworld

  1. It seems that all arguments pitting privacy against security/convenience will degenerate to the point that someone utters the “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear” bromide.

    And then someone will suggest installing cameras in public washrooms.

    I occasionally daydream about a Canadian-based Google datacentre so that the information stored there will not be subject to the states’ Patriot Act, but that’s just substituting one corporate overlord for another.

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