Schmidt Talks About Privacy Invasions
Cool – Google CEO Eric Schmidt is standing up against warped gov’t privacy invasion attempts. The Guardian today writes:
Earlier this year, Google overturned a government subpoena that attempted to force dozens of internet companies to make available huge banks of data on web users’ habits [see previous post]. The government claimed it wanted access to records of internet searches and online activity to help identify suspected terrorists and observe dangerous patterns of behaviour.
A federal judge ruled that the move was illegal, and Mr Schmidt said surfers were right to take their anger out on officials. “This was a complete violation of our users’ rights,” Mr Schmidt told the summit. “We, as a society, came to a rational outcome, and if we don’t like it we can replace the people who pass those laws.”[Thanks Tadeusz!]