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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RE: Statement defensible
by WorknMan on Fri 11th Dec 2009 15:52 UTC in reply to "Statement defensible"
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I'll go ahead and say it: his statement was completely defensible. He's clearly talking about search engines, not about what people do behind closed doors and shuttered windows.


I think in general, his statement of not doing anything you don't want others to know about is a good practice to live by, as I don't tend to do anything 'behind closed doors and shuttered windows' that I wouldn't want to appear in tomorrow morning's headlines. I don't think the world would want to know that I was jerking off last night while looking at porn, but I don't really care if they know either.

If you're on the internet in the middle of the night looking up stuff that you would be ashamed for your mom to know about, then maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place? Just a thought.

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