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Eric Schmidt on Tim Cook’s Criticism on Google and Privacy

CNNMoney:

“But at Apple, we believe a great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of your privacy,” Cook said on Apple’s newly updated privacy website.

Schmidt fired back against Cook, saying Google works extremely hard to protect its users’ information from other companies, the government, and hackers. He also noted customers have the option to change their settings and share less.

“Someone didn’t brief him correctly on Google’s policies,” Schmidt said. “It’s unfortunate for him.”

Not sure if Schmidt misunderstood what Cook was talking about, or if he’s being willfully obtuse. It was very obvious that Cook was talking about Google’s business model, not their security policies. It’s not about Google protecting its users from governments and criminals; it’s about protecting our privacy from Google itself and its advertisers.

Thursday, 2 October 2014