Google CEO Schmidt: If you don’t like being in Google Street View then ‘just move’

“Google CEO Eric Schmidt says the company’s policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.” And while that may be true of Google, it’s clearly not true of Schmidt, who lately has been happily high stepping across the creepy line like the grand marshal of the Tone-Deaf Technocrat Parade,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD.

“Appearing on CNN’s “Parker Spitzer” program last week, he said that people who don’t like Google’s Street View cars taking pictures of their homes and businesses ‘can just move’ afterward to protect their privacy,” Paczkowski reports. “Ironically, he said this on the very day that Google admitted those cars captured more than just fragments of personal payload data.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Eric T. Mole is one creepy bastage. He’s also living proof that the gulf between book smarts and common sense can be infinite.

94 Comments

  1. @ Jay-Z

    I understand that, but the point is it’s legal to take a picture from the street and put it online.
    Look, anyone can walk up to your house, take a picture, put it online, and say “ooo look at this picture of your house.”
    I’m not sure why this in anything new to anyone. I’m not defending Google here, but I wonder why nobody cares about Zillow, which goes one step further and tells everyone how much the place is worth. There is far more sensitive information about you and your house in the public domain than a picture.

  2. @ Jay-Z

    I understand that, but the point is it’s legal to take a picture from the street and put it online.
    Look, anyone can walk up to your house, take a picture, put it online, and say “ooo look at this picture of your house.”
    I’m not sure why this in anything new to anyone. I’m not defending Google here, but I wonder why nobody cares about Zillow, which goes one step further and tells everyone how much the place is worth. There is far more sensitive information about you and your house in the public domain than a picture.

  3. And no, it’s not clear that he means move out of your house. He says they only drive by exactly once. You can easily physically move out of the picture once. That makes sense.
    You can’t see them coming, pack your sh|t, move, and come back after they’re gone. That makes no sense.

  4. And no, it’s not clear that he means move out of your house. He says they only drive by exactly once. You can easily physically move out of the picture once. That makes sense.
    You can’t see them coming, pack your sh|t, move, and come back after they’re gone. That makes no sense.

  5. And people still want to use Google applications where they give over their personal data to this company? GMail? GCalendar? Android? GWiz? (Okay the last one isn’t a real product yet.)

    Google reminds me of the “Androids” in the Star Trek episode, “I, Mudd” where they want to save mankind (from ourselves) by serving our every need to the point where we become so dependent on them that we can not survive without the Androids.

    Google seems to be following the same approach – trying to wiggle it’s tentacles in every aspect of our lives – not only digital lives but now “real world” – transportation, energy.

    Google is just plain creepy. Friends do not let friends Google.

    Peace.

  6. And people still want to use Google applications where they give over their personal data to this company? GMail? GCalendar? Android? GWiz? (Okay the last one isn’t a real product yet.)

    Google reminds me of the “Androids” in the Star Trek episode, “I, Mudd” where they want to save mankind (from ourselves) by serving our every need to the point where we become so dependent on them that we can not survive without the Androids.

    Google seems to be following the same approach – trying to wiggle it’s tentacles in every aspect of our lives – not only digital lives but now “real world” – transportation, energy.

    Google is just plain creepy. Friends do not let friends Google.

    Peace.

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