Eric Schmidt Talks Tim Cook, Online Security, The NSA And Minorities In Tech

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CNNMoney has a short interview with Google’s Eric Schmidt where he answers some questions about some of Tim Cook’s comments concerning Google, privacy and online security. 

Tim Cook took a shot at Google when he said:

“When an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product.”

Eric Schmidt’s response to that comment.

“Someone didn’t brief [Cook] correctly on Google’s policies. It’s unfortunate for him. In the first place, in Google’s case, we have always been the leader in security and encryption. Our systems are far more secure and encrypted than anyone else, including Apple. They’re catching up, which is great.”

Christine Romans then goes on to reference Julian Assange’s commentary that Google’s business model is the same business model as the NSA. Schmidt quickly defends his company by stating that the NSA is a government agency and has no business model and then fiercely states that Google does not work with the NSA. Romans then goes into privacy and the users concerns over it and Jonathan Rosenberg (former SVP, Google) responds by saying that computers and software can only get better at helping us. The more Google knows about us and the more we’re willing to share with Google the more they can help users make decisions that could better their lives. Eric Schmidt jumps in to give his take on privacy and user expectations saying.

“We work incredibly hard to keep the information you give Google, private.”

You can watch the entire almost four minute clip below as Schmidt gets into minorities and women in tech and some other subjects. It’s a pretty fascinating piece and well worth a few minutes of your time. What do you think of Eric Schmidt’s comments? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.

Source: CNNMoney YouTube

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