What me worry about privacy? – Google

“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know,” said Google CEO Eric Smith, “maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

Smith’s cavalier assessment of browser privacy issues in an MSNBC interview so incensed the main developer of the Mozilla Firefox browser that he urged Firefox users to abandon Google for a search engine with a better privacy policy, namely Bing, by Google arch-rival Microsoft:

Asa Dotzler‘s outburst raised eyebrows on the net, because the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, maker of Firefox and the Thunderbird email program, depends on Google for about 97 percent of its revenue.

Various bloggers weigh in on the dispute here. The flap has persuaded Atlantic Magazine writer (and Google fan) James Fallows to try a week-long experiment using only Bing for Internet searches.