Consumer Watchdog is at it again. The group has been criticizing Google for years, and gained a lot of exposure for some videos it created last year, including one depicting Google CEO Eric Schmidt as a creepy Ice Cream truck driver.
In October, they had one calling Google chicken, challenging the company to a privacy debate. Now, the group is back with a video called "Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington." On the group’s site, it says:
This new animated satire, "Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington," — the sequel to Consumer Watchdog’s popular "Don’t Be Evil?" video — will be roaming the streets of Washington, DC on a mobile digital advertising truck for a week to make the case for why Congress should call Google CEO Eric Schmidt to testify under oath about the "Wi-Spy" scandal.
The video is filled with Schmidt’s own creepy quotes.
For three years, Google street view cars collected wireless data from tens of millions of homes in 30 nations. It was the largest wire-tapping scandal in world history, yet Congress has not held a single hearing. Let’s change that.
Schmidt of course announced last week that he will be stepping down from the CEO post in April, to be replaced by Google co-founder Larry Page. Schmidt will, however remain with the company as Executive Chairman, focusing on external company matters, rather than internal day-to-day operations.
So, can we expect some Larry Page videos this year? We’ll see.
"The question is whether this is a signal from the Internet Goliath that Schmidt’s missteps and misstatements about online privacy are no longer company policy," says Jamie Court, Consumer Watchdog’s president.
Court also said, however that it was unlikely that Google would adopt a "do not track me" mechanism, and ealier this week, Google announced the Keep My Opt-outs extension for Chrome.
Schmidt is rumored to be pursuing a career in TV.