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Google's Privacy Words vs Google's Anti-Privacy Deeds

To understand why Google owns the single worst privacy record over the last decade of any Global 2000 corporation, listen to what Google’s leadership says about privacy-related matters in their own words. Then compare what Google Says about privacy below, with Google’s Privacy Rap Sheet – current up to June 4, 2012.  

 

"If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place;" Google Chairman Eric Schmidt toldCNBC's Maria Bartiromo 12‐7‐09.

 

"Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it," said Google Chairman Schmidt 10‐1‐10 , the Atlantic.

 

"No harm, no foul," concerning discovery of Google's secret and unauthorized collection of WiFi signals in 33 countries over three years, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt to the BBC in May 2010.

 

Cell ID is one location, the address of your WiFi access point is another. The end result is that we want the user to have the best possible experience and we will do whatever it takes to get it… to us they’re just network signals and we’re interested in all of them.” Google mobile engineering manager said in the Guardian, 12-29-08.

 

"...It's important to distinguish between "worry versus harm" when it came to privacy online." said Larry Page per BBC News, 5‐18‐10.

 

Google+… enables Google to understand people and their connections…” Google CEO Larry Page said in Google’s 2012 Update from the CEO.

 

We’re going to have people as a first class object in search. We need that to work, and we need to get started on it… we actually need to understand things and we need to understand things pretty deeply.

People are a component of that.” Google CEO Larry Page, Fortune Interview, 12-11-12

 

"Show us 14 photos of yourself and we can identify who you are;" Google Chairman Eric Schmidt told 2010 Techonomy.

 

Some governments will consider it too risky to have thousands of anonymous, untraceable, unverified citizens – “hidden people;” they’ll want to know who is associated with each online account and will require verification at a state level, in order to exert control over the virtual world.” Google Chairman Eric Schmidt in his new book “The New Digital Age” per WSJ excerpts, 2-2-13.

 

"We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about;" Google Chairman Eric Schmidt 10‐1‐10 per Business Insider.

 

"It's a future where you don't forget anything… In this new future you're never lost...We will know your position down to the foot and down to the inch over time;" explained Google Chairman Eric Schmidt at the TechCrunch Disrupt , 9‐28‐10.

 

"Because we say so." Google Chairman Eric Schmidt responding to Neil Cavuto's question: "How do we know you have deleted our information" when we request it be deleted? per Fox News11‐6‐09.

 "We are very early in the total information we have within Google. …The algorithms will get better and we will get better at personalisation... The goal is to enable Google users to be able to ask the question such as "What shall I do tomorrow?" and "What job shall I take?" ... We cannot even answer the most basic questions because we don’t know enough about you. That is the most important aspect of Google’s expansion;" explainedGoogle Chairman Eric Schmidt to the FT, 05‐22‐07.

 

 I don't believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time," Google Chairman Eric Schmidt toldthe WSJ 8‐14‐10.

 

I’m absolutely convinced that parents will have to have the ‘online privacy’ talk with their children before ‘the sex talk,’… It might be when they’re eight years old, you’ll be saying ‘don’t put that online!

It’ll come back to bite you! And then have to explain why.” Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, per the Guardian, 1-28-13.

 

Search will be included in people’s brains… When you think about something and don’t really know much about it, you will automatically get information… eventually you’ll have the implant, where if you think about a fact, it will just tell you the answer.” Google co-founder Larry Page describing his ambition for search to Newsweek’s Stephen Levy in 2004, per the Guardian 1-19-13.

 

Thick skin will be a necessity for technology companies in the coming years of the digital age, because they will find themselves beset by public concerns over privacy, security and user protections…” Google Chairman Eric Schmidt in his new book “The New Digital Age” per WSJ excerpts, 2-2-13.

 

“There’s very many decisions we make that really impact a lot of people…” Google CEO Larry Page, to Google Zeitgeist Conference, per the New York Times, 11-3-12

 

We need to fight for our privacy or we will lose it…” Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, per Forbes, 11-21-12.

 

"…we’ll never sell your personal information or share it without your permission…;" Google's Privacy Policy homepage 6-4-12.

"We regularly review our compliance with our Privacy Policy…;" Google's Privacy Policy on its website, 6-4-12.

“…we aim to build privacy and security into our products and practices from the ground up…;" Alma Whitten, Google's Privacy Engineering Lead, in Senate testimony, 7-27-10.

"Putting our users first also means that we are deeply committed to their privacy…;" Nicole Wong, Google Deputy General Counsel, In House testimony, 6-18-09.

"Google respects an individual's right to privacy…;” stated a Google spokesman to BBC News Online; 8-1-08.

"Google values our users' privacy first and foremost…;" Marissa Mayer, Google Vice President, Consumer Products, in a Google blog post, 7-3-08.

 

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