Bruce Schneier’s Answer to Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Privacy

December 9, 2009

"...if we are observed in all matters, we are constantly under threat of correction, judgment, criticism, even plagiarism of our own uniqueness. We become children, fettered under watchful eyes, constantly fearful that -- either now or in the uncertain future -- patterns we leave behind will be brought back to implicate us, by whatever authority has now become focused upon our once-private and innocent acts. We lose our individuality, because everything we do is observable and recordable." This is what you say in response to "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." (via)

Gina, from this entry I really can’t get a feel for where you stand on this topic. Do you have an opinion you’d like to share on this whole “Google doesn’t believe in personal privacy” thing?

ZLoether [+17]
Dec 9 09 at 8:13 pm

I would have thought that was obvious from what was quoted shadyguy. If you read the full article its made even clearer.

I was irked when I read that quote from Schmidt and now I have a response to it that I couldn’t have written as well myself heh

techpops [+7]
Dec 9 09 at 9:49 pm

Yup, not sure what you make of this, Gina. I believe that we should have control over what companies and governments that provide us products and services know about us – and it should be a compulsory citizen action to clearly define these boundaries for each individual. I’m happier with targeted advertising because of companies knowing what I’m up to via my web profile and so on, but I’m less comfortable with them knowing where I go and what I do in my offline life. I guess I’m being a bit ambiguous, but most of this is in the air as it is…

I’m with Bruce on this.

Gina Trapani [+195]
Dec 10 09 at 8:32 am

I’m not having any problems with understanding Gina. My life, my thoughts, my TIME, are my property, and I’ll choose when and how to share them.

I use Google a lot. I’m not thrilled with how much they profile, but I choose to continue using them. Mostly.

But somehow, those who say “You have nothing to hide” always seem to have lawyers, confidentiality agreements, and homes with fences.

Christopher W [+1]
Dec 10 09 at 6:43 pm

Here are just 5 activities you might want to do with some privacy.

Arrange a surprise or gift for a loved one.
Research controversial topics, or medical conditions.
Avoid marketing.
Think Different.
Make a mistake.

Spot which one(s) impact Google’s bottom line.

Dec 21 09 at 4:27 am

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