Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Google CEO scoffs at privacy

Last week, just days after announcing Google Public DNS and raising the question of how much do we really want Google to know about our web activity, Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave us the answer in an interview on CNBC. The answer is, as little as possible. When the CEO of Google basically says, "you have no privacy, get over it" it's time to let him know that it does matter. I'm not too impressed by the way he used the Patriot Act to justify it, either.

Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's chief of community development feels the same way. In his blog he tells people to add Bing to Firefox. You know if Mozilla, one of the opponents Microsoft couldn't quite kill, is suggesting a Microsoft product they have serious concerns. The add-on he links to is here. He also says that the Bing privacy policy is better than Googles, but I don't really see a whole lot of difference on a quick read of both.

I'm sure I'll keep using Google search, if only because I use multiple search engines already. The webs a big place, and most search engines hit spots that others don't - even if it only shows up 4 or 5 pages down - yes, I often go that far down in search results.

The truth is, as much as I don't like Mr. Schmidt's attitude toward privacy, until someone comes up with a new way to do search that out-googles Google, you can't afford to ignore it. But you can let them know what you think about it and hurt they're bottom line by using other search engines more.