Linked by David Adams on Fri 11th Dec 2009 01:25 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption I was reminded of Sun Microsystems' Scott McNealy's infamous sound byte (used as the title of this article) when I read about Google CEO Eric Schmidt's foot-in-mouth moment during a recent CNBC interview (YouTube Link). Here's what Schmidt said: "I think judgment matters. 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."
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by bert64 on Fri 11th Dec 2009 14:05 UTC
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The important thing to remember is that you ARE being logged...

You visit any site, and every webserver in existence today will keep logs by default.
You send an email, and all the servers between you and the destination will keep logs of it...
You walk down the street, there will be CCTV cameras watching you...

Computers are inherently different from real life activities, they are designed to keep records.

In reality google aren't really any worse than anyone else, if anything they're just a bit more up front about what they do.

So if you really want to do things you'd prefer other people not to know, be vigilant when doing so!

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