A few years ago when Google CEO Eric Schmidt said on CNBC, “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place”, I thought either this guy is a priest, or his day will come…
He is the billionaire Google boss under fire for not doing enough to protect children from internet porn. Yet today The Mail on Sunday can reveal that 58-year-old Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, does fiercely protect one thing: his own private life, which is as colorful and complex as the ever-changing ‘Google doodle,’ which pops up each time the search engine is launched.
His company has censored my site from their search engine, is working directly with an administration that may be gathering our private information for future use, yet he probably got one of his workers to scrub his life off the web (because that can be done if you have the right tools).
In the past few years, the unlikely sex symbol with thinning hair and pockmarked skin has embarked on a string of affairs with younger women, including a vivacious television host who dubbed him ‘Dr Strangelove,’ a leggy blonde public relations executive and a sexy Vietnamese concert pianist.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this is only the tip of Mr. Schmidt’s iceberg, and his words may come back to haunt.
“Streetview the cars we drive only once, you can just move, right?”
“You can trust us with your data.”
“Just remember when you post something, the computers remember forever.”
I’m not saying Eric Schmidt has done anything wrong, but it’s ironic how protective he is of his privacy while he essentially sells ours to the highest bidder and lectures us about behavior.