Mozilla Director Derides Google, Promotes Bing

A lot of people recoiled when Google CEO Eric Schmidt told the folks at CNBC, "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." Schmidt continued on to state that in the United States we are all subject to the Patriot Act and it is possible that information stored could be made available to the authorities. However, many people (including some of us here in the "office") had a problem with Schmidt's comment.

Among the troubled is Asa Dotzler, Director of Community Development at Mozilla. Dotzler yesterday highlighted Schmidt's comments in his personal blog, warning readers, "That was Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, telling you exactly what he thinks about your privacy." Dotzler assured readers that the block quote he had included in his short blog post was not taken out of context and encouraged users to watch the video themselves before switching Firefox's search engine from Google to Bing. "Yes, Bing does have a better privacy policy than Google."

Interestingly enough, as Valley Wag points out, it was Schmidt who blacklisted CNet reporters for a full year because of a story highlighting privacy concerns. The story shared several nuggets of information about Schmidt that CNet had gleaned from Google searches. These included salary, neighborhood, hobbies and political donations.

Check out the video of Eric Schmidt on CNBC below.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt on privacy

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  • Does this mean that the next FireFox update will have Bing as the Home Page?
  • pooflinger1
    Interesting. Mozilla condemns Microsoft on one hand for its inclusion of IE with Windows, and now they go just short of praising them for their efforts in protecting your privacy. Perhaps Mozilla is just telling it how it is, or perhaps there's a behind the scenes motive.... Perhaps Google Chrome is threat than IE and this is their way of combating that threat.
  • wildwell
    Renegade_WarriorDoes this mean that the next FireFox update will have Bing as the Home Page?

    I was think that exact same thing.