Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Dec 2009 18:35 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Mozilla & Gecko clones The ripples caused by Google's Eric Schmidt's words are spreading further and further throughout the internet. Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's director of community development, wrote on his blog, urging people to switch away from Google to Bing, which he claims has a better privacy policy. Dotzler points users to the Firefox Bing add-on.
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StephenBeDoper
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2005-07-06

Comparing Bing and Google based solely on their privacy policies reminds me a bit of a quote that was attributed to Winston Churchill:

"I may be drunk - but you, madame, are ugly. And in the morning, I shall be sober."

In other words, I suspect that it would be easier for Google to adjust their privacy policy than it would be for Microsoft to improve Bing to the point where it's as effective as Google.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

"I may be drunk - but you, madame, are ugly. And in the morning, I shall be sober."

Yeah, that was a good one. Privacy policies can be ammended, at any time, in whatever direction the company issuing it feels is best for their business model at the time. And, of course, if the local law, somewhere in the world "compels" them to violate it... well... what can they do?

One thing's for certain. When you deal in information, you need talented folks in PR, to reassure the population.

Edited 2009-12-12 19:40 UTC

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

One thing's for certain. When you deal in information, you need talented folks in PR, to reassure the population.


Incidentally that reminds of a beautiful newspaper photo I saw a few years back, of the Canadian privacy commissionaire standing ankle-deep in printed personal health records that had been dumped on a public street.

There was a film that was being shot in Toronto; it was set in New York, so the production company ordered some waste paper from a shredding company to litter-up a street and make it look more authentic. Due to a mix-up, the paper shredding company delivered print copies of the health records of several thousand individuals (which they were supposed to have destroyed), instead of the waste paper.

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