Published January 27, 2012
Google on Tuesday announced that it is combining the currently-separate privacy policies for its multitude of online products into one single document to govern them all, sparking concern from lawmakers in Washington. The update will also let the search giant aggregate user data across all of these products, ostensibly to help it better target ads to users.
Asked whether Google will remain a place of anonymous search, as people use it for very private and personal things, Schimdt told FBN's Liz Claman at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, "It will, and remember that anonymous search is at the core of people looking up information." He then pointed to Google's Chrome browser with its "incognito mode," which he said prevents it from sending any information to anyone while you're browsing the web.
Not everyone is as comfortable with the new policy, however. Tech expert John Quain in a FOXNews.com column on Wednesday pointed out a 2009 quote by Schmidt that seems to articulate a different position on privacy. In that TV interview he said, "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." He later backtracked on the statement.
"If it's illegal for the government to secretly track you," Quain said, "why isn't it illegal for businesses to do it?"