It seems as though some of Mozilla’s staff have been less than impressed with Google’s CEO’s views when it comes to privacy on the web and just how much data search engines keep. One staff member has gone so far as to recommend using Bing over Google for it.
Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, has come under some fairly significant fire for his statement to the effect that the only people concerned about privacy on the internet tend to be people doing something they shouldn’t be. It seems that some of the folks at Mozilla have been so thoroughly put off by the whole affair that they’re no longer willing to use Google as their search engine.
Instead, a blog post from Mozilla’s Director of Community Development, Asa Dotzler, quotes the statement from Schmidt in which he says,
“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines – including Google – do retain this information for some time and it’s important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all information could be made available to the authorities.”
Immediately after quoting Schmidt on privacy, Dotzler links users to a page that allows them to quickly and easily change Firefox’s default search option from Google to Microsoft’s Bing. Dotzler then goes on to say,
It’ll be interesting to see if, and how, Google responds to the fairly negative feedback that Schmidt’s comment generated.