Schmidt's 'Don't Do Stuff You Want To Keep Private' Sounds Like 'If You Aren't Doing Anything Wrong...'

from the you-sure-you-meant-that? dept

Over a decade ago, Sun founder Scott McNealy famously said "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." Apparently former McNealy protege, Eric Schmidt is now taking the same basic view in his current job as CEO of Google. In a recent interview he suggested that people pushing for privacy are the one's at fault:
"If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."
This sounds suspiciously like a reheated version of "if you've done nothing wrong, you've got nothing to worry about," that's trotted out by law enforcement types when pushing for stronger laws to violate individuals' privacy. It's an odd statement for someone like Schmidt to make, especially given the incredible level of scrutiny given to Google for the view it has into people's lives. To folks who are worried about such things, it sounds positively dismissive, which isn't the position that Google should be cultivating with those who are concerned right now. Furthermore, given Schmidt's own thin skin when reporters posted some personal info (found via Google to prove a point) that resulted in a "ban" on talking to reporters from CNET for a bit, it's really out of place.

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  1. identicon
    Rebecca Olesen, 17 Mar 2013 @ 2:02pm

    Re: Some help please.

    I know this is old, but I can't believe somebody doesn't understand why the ideology of 'if you aren't doing anything wrong, you shouldn't mind....if we read all your shit, look in your closet, listen to your phone calls, watch everything you do, etc.' is most definitely wrong.

    You don't understand that if I am not doing anything wrong, and there is nothing to indicate that I am doing something wrong, that I still might ott want all my personal information readily available for the general public and fascist persecutorial minded individuals and government agencies?

    You see, what is considered WRONG varies from country to country, group to group, religion to religion, and changes throughout time. What was considered okay 70 years ago is wrong today, and what many consider right is considered very wrong by others. Being able to find out which people to victimize easily, based on personal biases, prejudices, and a fascist control mentality is INCREDIBLY dangerous.

    If this were 1937 Germany, simply being Jewish would be considered wrong. If I wanted to hide that fact, these types of issues would make that very difficult.

    In modern day Somalia, both Al Shebaab and the so called actual government use wiretapping and other methods to gain proof that someone is a Christian. In one case a woman speaking to family members on the phone to finalize travel arrangements for the following day - she was leaving to escape persecution & death because she was Christian. Rather than allow her to leave with her family, after confirmation of her evil Christian nature, militants drove directly to her home. When she opened the door, they slit her throat in front of her kids - her husband ran away & her children were taken away.

    If you think there are not people in our allegedly free countries who will not use the same methods to have their own way, you are mistaken.

    There are plenty of people, within our governments, people with religious or political ideologies against Freedom, who wish to silence dissenters, anyone who doesn't agree. Even though it is ALLEGEDLY our FREE RIGHT to disagree or express our different beliefs, doing so can and does lead to persecution, violence, harassment, etc.

    So tell me again why you think people shouldn't care if they are continuously spied on if 'they aren't doing anything wrong'. WHO DECIDES WHAT IS WRONG? McCarthy decided communism was wrong, muslims decide that all other religions are wrong, our governments decide that some things we say should become criminal offenses AND if we complain about say immigration or something like that, they will twist what we say and call it hate speech. Persecution.

    I don't care if I am 100% honest, law abiding, keep all my opinions to myself, and do or say nothing that would offend anybody on earth I STILL WANT MY PRIVACY! It's mine, for god's sake it's almost all I have left to call my own are my thoughts, my privacy and my conversations with others.

    These globalist money grubbers are making veiled threats when they say that if we want it to remain private, we shouldn't put it anywhere online (an email, a letter, a phone call, skype, carrier pigeon) and in that WAY scares people into silence on all things.

    I want other people to mind their own business, leave me alone, allow me to live without some instilled paranoia of BIG BROTHER watching my every word so that they may 're-educate' me if I am considered WRONG.

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