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Video: Google CEO on Street View

Here's the CNN clip with Google CEO Eric Schmidt's comments about the search giant's Street View application.

When asked by by CNN's Kathleen Parker whether a search on Google can lead someone straight to her door, Schmidt said, "We've decided not to cross that line."

And here's what's generated attention over the past couple days:

"So on Street View, we drive by exactly once. So you can just move."

The comment spurred criticism from privacy advocates who said Google's CEO may have said the comment in jest but that the firm needs to be more sensitive to user's privacy with their collection of data. Schmidt said in the clip Google retains information about users for up to 18 months. Post Tech wants to hear your take on the comments now that you've seen the clip.

Later, Schmidt said in a statement that he misspoke:

"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."

But the omission of that portion of the interview for some viewers sparked speculation Google had asked for it to be edited out. The firm denied that it did and CNN said in a statement Tuesday:

"Producers routinely make editorial decisions about what sound bites to include in their shows. In this case, the clip was posted on and disseminated to other media outlets and was widely available."

Previous posts of interest:

Google CEO said he misspoke about Street View, privacy

Google "mortified" Street View cars collected email, URLs, passwords; new regulatory scrutiny around globe

By Cecilia Kang  | October 26, 2010; 3:25 PM ET
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Google had an instance this summer where they fired an engineer for rummaging through personal Google accounts of his friends. Privacy concerns appear to be a very low priority from the incidents that continue to appear about Google.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | October 26, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The Google privacy topic wasn't about them taking pictures. It was them doing inventories of WiFi networks and the encryption software each network uses.

For example, Google recorded any instances in the suburbs of Hamburg where computers were using encryption software licensed by Argentina's intelligence services on a property leased to the Nepalese Embassy.

Google didn't share the data with anyone, but US intel services don't always ask before taking either.

Good work, Google.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 26, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

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