Monday, March 21, 2011

Consumer Watchdog blasts "Schmidt at Commerce" possibility

In a letter advising against appointing Google CEO Eric Schmidt Commerce Secretary, Consumer Watchdog noted:

“Google’s business model is the exploitation of personal information and data so that consumers can be targeted with advertising for the commercial gain of the corporation. As you may know, 96% of Google’s revenue is from online advertising. In recent years, Mr. Schmidt has made some outrageous statements that show his view of commerce is to allow corporations to run roughshod over the privacy rights of citizens in the pursuit of advertising dollars.


“Mr. Schmidt’s views on privacy, antitrust issues, workers rights and commercial growth are inimical to the ethical customs, social mores and rules of law the American people have demanded of their leaders."


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