Recently, Marlinspike turned his attention to a different subject. It seems he did not like what Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google said in an interview:
“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”
For more details about the interview, refer to Chad Perrin’s post: Google: Being evil. For whatever reason, Schmidt felt like bringing the privacy issue to the forefront. To those not familiar, it’s all about what information Google captures, retains, and how they control it. To start, here is a partial list of information Google stockpiles, if you use their services:
Search results that you ask for and click on.
Directions to places that you query Google Maps for.
Using Analytics, Google receives/retains information on visited Web sites.
Gmail membership allows Google to retain the content of sent and received e-mail messages.
Enabling My Location, enables Google to track your position real-time.
If Public DNS is used, Google can retain your DNS lookups.
I realize many people are not apprehensive about Google retaining all this information. Still, others are concerned. Especially with Google’s “trust me” attitude. Remember what Eric Schmidt said during this Charlie Rose interview. Either way, it’s important to know what’s going on and what can be done about it if so desired.