If Google cared.

Google may see privacy threats but if they were that concerned they would purge our damned data.

Sullivan asked Schmidt why Google does not purge its users’ data from its computers every month or two to guard against building up too much history of any Web user’s search habits.

“We have actually had that debate,” Schmidt said, adding that security protections Google has put in place would make it very difficult, if not impossible, to steal customer data. He said keeping users’ trust was Google’s most essential mission.

Sullivan asked Schmidt why Google does not purge its users’ data from its computers every month or two to guard against building up too much history of any Web user’s search habits.

“We have actually had that debate,” Schmidt said, adding that security protections Google has put in place would make it very difficult, if not impossible, to steal customer data. He said keeping users’ trust was Google’s most essential mission.

Wash your hands, caller. Your mobile’s dirtier than you think This does make you want to carry around a box of alcohol wipes. I was always told the computer keyboard was dirtier than the toilet but never gave a thought to the cell phone. I’m off to give the old phone a good wipe down.

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