I had to laugh at Google when I read the following story:
” Google Inc. is refusing to speak with reporters at CNet’s online news site after it ran a story that used Google’s chief executive to illustrate how easily the company’s search engine finds personal information.
Google last week told News.com, the online tech news service of CNet Networks Inc., that it would not speak to its reporters for a year, said News.com’s editor. Google was angered by a story last month that focused on potential threats the search engine posed to personal privacy, said Jai Singh, News.com’s editor in chief.
To demonstrate the point, writer Elinor Mills “googled” CEO Eric E. Schmidt.
In her story, Mills included a link to Schmidt’s home address, his net worth of $1.5 billion and noted that he had attended the Burning Man art festival and was an amateur pilot. Mills said she spent 30 minutes on Google to obtain the information.
“We didn’t go out and break into any databases to get this information,” Singh said. “This is all publicly available information.”
A Google spokesman declined to speak with Associated Press about the story.”
That is part of the life Schmidt chose when he and Brin started down the road that they are on. The privacy issues are very serious. It is rather disappointing to read that they are responding so childishly to this.