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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Did we forget the main lesson in 1984?
by nt_jerkface on Fri 11th Dec 2009 18:19 UTC
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2009-08-26

Which is that it is futile to resist Big Brother?

You only do yourself a disservice when you try to live a life of privacy. If you recall the main character actually felt better after giving into Big Brother. Orwell was telling us that we should forget privacy in a modern world and get on with our lives.

Seriously though it's pretty sickening that people are defending Schmidt when he obviously has no respect for individual privacy. Some people really need to question if their love for Google comes out of hatred towards Microsoft. If Steve Ballmer made that quote, would he have gotten the same level of defense?

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