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Mozilla Director Derides Google, Promotes Bing

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A Director at the Mozilla Foundation praised Microsoft's Bing and says the decision making engine offers more in terms of privacy than Google.

A lot of people recoiled when Google CEO Eric Schmidt told the folks at CNBC, "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." Schmidt continued on to state that in the United States we are all subject to the Patriot Act and it is possible that information stored could be made available to the authorities. However, many people (including some of us here in the "office") had a problem with Schmidt's comment.

Among the troubled is Asa Dotzler, Director of Community Development at Mozilla. Dotzler yesterday highlighted Schmidt's comments in his personal blog, warning readers, "That was Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, telling you exactly what he thinks about your privacy." Dotzler assured readers that the block quote he had included in his short blog post was not taken out of context and encouraged users to watch the video themselves before switching Firefox's search engine from Google to Bing. "Yes, Bing does have a better privacy policy than Google."

Interestingly enough, as Valley Wag points out, it was Schmidt who blacklisted CNet reporters for a full year because of a story highlighting privacy concerns. The story shared several nuggets of information about Schmidt that CNet had gleaned from Google searches. These included salary, neighborhood, hobbies and political donations.

Check out the video of Eric Schmidt on CNBC below.

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    Anonymous , 12 December 2009 00:41
    Opera can search on Bing too =p
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    mi1ez , 12 December 2009 00:53
    No Asa Dotzler beard action?
    http://www.bit-tech.net/news/bits/2009/12/11/mozilla-man-recommends-bing/1
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    walshy155 , 12 December 2009 01:58
    google kicks donkey a$$
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    walshy155 , 12 December 2009 01:59
    goolge is awsome
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    Micropat , 12 December 2009 02:46
    I tried bing for a little while earlier this week. I needed to find online manuals for dna polymereases for some of my experiments. Bing didn't find them (or at least put them anywhere near the top of the list) and google found them very quickly.

    Also I don't get out much so I don't have any secretes ;) 
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    djps1 , 12 December 2009 05:52
    Rab1d-BDGRIf firefox switches to Bing, I'm switching to Opera.

    Wow, I am a long time user of Opera - tried Firefox and it does not do it for me! But no matter, I long ago figured that Google is evil.

    It is bad enough what my supermarket knows about me, but with android, chrome and google search not to mention web apps and more to come! They will sell your life for a few cent if they can make a few Euro (or I guess dollars to most of you guys) from it.

    Yep, Microsoft are bad but Google are really really bad! The lads in Redmond having had their knuckles wrapped a few times are settling into a middle age mellowness in comparison with Google's continuing messianic sense of mission. Beware of false prophets! Take anyone who thinks they on a mission to be a gift to humanity with a big big pinch of salt.

    Look, there are many things I do that are not immoral or illegal but are private (do you feel OK with me knowing at what time you take a crap each day?). I do not want my online equivalent of these sold to the highest bidder. Or do you feel comfortable with the idea the that anyone who by the evidence of their Internet use holds political views that are unorthodox could be visited by the CIA / MI5 / Military Intelligence or whoever your country's secret police are? Or are you comfortable with the fact that your 14 year old son's or daughter's youthful indiscretions could be made public 10 years down the line.

    Eric Schmidt says:
    "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."
    .... well there is a big difference between not wanting ANYONE to know and wanting EVERYONE to know or at least wanting ANYONE GOOGLE DECIDES can know. There are many things I am happy for some people to know but I do not want everyone to know about them, and I certainly do not want Google choosing who knows about them or the CIA.