Eric Schmidt says Google ‘far more secure’ than Apple, denies harvesting data

“Google Executive Chairman Eric Shmidt on Thursday responded to comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook referring to the Internet search giant’s privacy policies, saying Cook is misinformed and that Google’s systems are ‘far more secure’ than anything Apple has,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider. “In an interview with CNN, Schmidt told CNN Money anchor Christine Romans that Google is a leader in data privacy and any contention to that fact, such as a recent missive from Cook, is incorrect. ‘Someone didn’t brief him correctly on Google’s policies, that’s unfortunate for him,’ Schmidt said of Cook. ‘In Google’s place, we have always been the leader in security and in encryption. Our systems are far more secure and encrypted than anyone else, including Apple. They’re catching up, which is great.'”

“As part of Apple’s recent push for consumer privacy, Cook last month published an open letter to the company’s website, reinforcing that iCloud user data is not only secure, but will never be monetized. A section of the note suggests unnamed service providers harvest sensitive user information for monetary gains, a business model to which privacy advocates are vehemently opposed. From Cook’s letter: ‘A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product,'” Campbell reports. “During today’s interview, Schmidt said, “All the things [Cook] implied we’re doing, we don’t do.” The Google exec did, however, note that Gmail does display ads to users, something the company has done for a decade. He quickly pointed out that information gathered in the email ad serving process is used ‘for nothing,’ but did not elaborate on the subject.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, that’s the ticket. Oh, and this:

And this:

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

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    1. A complete evil lying SOS who will stop at nothing to win objectives. Who’s kidding who as Schmidt achieves nefarious ends at any cost, including sacrificing and betraying friendships and making yourself and your company the sworn enemy of an tech industry leader. Smooth move Ex-lax!

        1. They’re not harvesting data? Then what about that pedophile Google caught about a month ago? I’m all for busting pedophiles, but this guy was sending pictures via Gmail. If Google wasn’t harvesting data, how did they come across the pics?

          There was no law enforcement or government surveillance involved, Google found the pics in this pervert’s email and called the authorities on their own initiative. So Google is a harvester of data and a self appointed protector of children. Congratulations on popping the perv but there goes any claim you might make about not mining data.

          “Google doesn’t harvest data”. Bull Schmidt!


  2. I think Google *MIGHT* become a better company if they can remove Schmidt. It’s like “Dick Jones” is trying to run OCP with his criminal connections, whereas the “old man” (Larry Page, not so old) is morally gray.

  3. This was almost as hilarious to read as when I watched a Microsoft keynote and Balmer said “we’ve seen incredible innovation from Microsoft over the past few years. We helped to usher in the smartphone era.” Thanks for the laughs, MDN.

    1. there is a handy and also fittingly descriptive german term for people like him, that would be “gift zwerg”

      literally denoting a “poisonous dwarf” but i prefer the connotative meaning – “malignant dwarf” seems to capture him a bit better.

  4. Dear Mr. Schmidt:

    1) Create a test web page and place it on your personal website but don’t link to it.
    2) Send an email with a link to that page from some email service to a gmail address.
    3) Get some coffee or maybe dinner.
    4) Check your web server logs and notice that GoogleBot has indexed that page.
    5) Send apology to Mr. Cook

      1. You’re kidding, right? Web crawlers follow links — They can’t divine URLs on their own. When you follow the steps I outlined, it’s no more than a day before GoogleBot visits a page for which the only way it could have found it was to parse a piece of mail traversing their servers.

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