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Schmidt: Creeped out by Street View? "Just move"

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

Monday, October 25, 2010
9 years ago12,730 views

<< Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said that if you don't like Google Street View cars photographing your house, you can "just move."

“Street View. We drive exactly once,” Schmidt said during an appearance on CNN's “Parker Spitzer" late last week. “So, you can just move, right?”

Schmidt's words were broadcast across the net on Friday, but they've been edited from the video now available on the CNN website. Before it was edited out, the moment was reported by The Wall Street Journal. >>

theregister.co.uk/2010/10/25/s ...

How on earth can he say opinions like this???

[Title modified to put the real quote ~ TOMHTML]

Ash [PersonRank 1]

9 years ago #

Juha: By assuming people have a sense of humour

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

The problem with Schmidt is he doesn't smile when he makes jokes, so you can't say if it's ironic or no.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

Danny Sullivan overanalyzed this issue:

"Google never confirmed that Schmidt was joking about this. That's been the assumption by some. It was my assumption before watching the clip. But I don't think he was. I've watched it several times now, and he's serious.

I think he's serious, because I think he was trying to say that if someone moves, then "their house" is no longer on Google – or at least, they're now in another house that might or might not be recorded on Google Street View, and that Google pretty much has no idea where they lived before nor where they've moved to. He was also trying, as he gets into, to stress it's not a real time tracking situation."

searchengineland.com/schmidts- ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

Worth side reference, here's what Google employee Adam Lasnik said three years ago:

"Privacy is taken very, very, very seriously here (...) It's also pretty drummed in to our heads that this wouldn't even be something to joke about internally."

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

“Street View. We drive exactly once,”
> That statement is definitely wrong.

mbegin [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

<< Google on Tuesday released a statement by CEO Eric Schmidt saying he "misspoke" during an interview last week on CNN, when he said users concerned with its Street View mapping service should "just move."

"As you can see from the unedited interview, my comments were made during a fairly long back and forth on privacy. I clearly misspoke. If you are worried about Street View and want your house removed please contact Google and we will remove it," Schmidt said in a statement. >>

voices.washingtonpost.com/post ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

True, because even when you move, Google's camcars will photograph your new house ;)

Reminds me of which: when will blocked houses become unblocked? After all, if there's a single person in a building of say 10 households, it's enough if that person wants the house removed for it to be removed for all. What if that single person moves elsewhere?

Jérôme [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

Some people suggested that the Google Navigation app should record what your Android phone see from the car windshield but the poor quality of the Android cameras seemed to be a huge obstacle. But when Google will offer you an automated driving car in exchange of the live video and 3D mapping feed, they'll finally get those millions of camcars in the streets. But don't worry, at that time you'll have other concerns: how to get rid of those free Android AR drones that fly inside buildings?

mbegin [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

Maybe this was the best idea?? :)

<< I have the perfect solution to at least shield your home (though Google didn’t announce official support for this yet) – print out the following and paste it on your front door: >>


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Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

zdnet.com/blog/google/ftc-drop ...
(FTC drops Google StreetView inquiry; other countries not so much)

But why?

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