Google's Eric Schmidt

The message is sound. The NSA is doing things to collect data on people in ways that they shouldn’t. They need to be more transparent about how they get the data and what they do with it once they have it. They should just stop collecting the data altogether. After all, nobody likes to have their activities monitored and stored. It’s a great argument.

The bad part is that it’s being made by Eric Schmidt, the Chairman of the Board and former CEO of a company known to collect data on people that they shouldn’t, that needs to be more transparent about how they get the day and what they do with it. Eric Schmidt works for Google. His arguments are therefore invalid.

Google is part of the problem with the world. While they do many things that are good and wonderful, they slide in some huge privacy-challenging engines into their machine. For their Chairman to be ripping on the government over their actions would be like Chris Brown telling someone they shouldn’t assault people. It loses all credibility because of the source.

The Register had some choice words about it:

Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt has branded the NSA’s alleged surveillance of web giants’ data centers “outrageous”.

Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Schmidt lashed out at American spooks after documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden suggested Google and Yahoo! data center links were being snooped on.

Read More: The Register

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The message is sound. The NSA is doing things to collect data on people in ways that they shouldn't. They need to be more transparent about how they get the data and what they do with it once they have it. They should just stop collecting the data altogether....