At 30 seconds in, he claims that Google does not “Datamine” its users data. At 50 seconds in, he says that Google actually “forgets” user data, and has to according to many countries laws. Interestingly, he does not say that the United States has such a law.
Schmidt claims that Google does not collect data on users, it simply prowls the web to calculate page rank, which is the backbone of the search engine.
At about 2:50 into the interview, Stephen Colbert brings up a statement that Schmidt made about people being able to change their name and escape their past. Schmidt pauses and says: “It was a joke.”
Remember how he said Google didn’t collect data on its users? At 3:43 he says they collect the data, everything we put on the internet!
Now, Schmidt redeems himself at about 4 min in, he says: “We actually think privacy is pretty important”. He says that Google’s motto is “Don’t be evil”.
Watch it yourself:
Video courtesy of gawker.tv.