From the UK Telegraph; 25 May 2010; Bonnie Malkin in Sydney
The Australian communications minister has labelled internet search giant Google "creepy" and said that the company's collection of wireless network data through its Street View service was the single biggest breach of privacy in history.
"I think the approach taken by Mr Schmidt is a bit creepy frankly," Mr Conroy said.|
"When it comes to their attitude to their own censorship, their response is simply, 'trust us'. That is what they actually state on their website: 'Trust us'."
Mr Conroy said that the search engine considered itself above government.
"They consider that they are the appropriate people to make the decisions about people's privacy data and that they are perfectly entitled to drive the streets and collect as much private information by photographing over fences and collecting data information," he said.
He said claims by Google that it collected the data by mistake were wrong and that the company deliberately wrote a computer code designed to gather the information.
Google has dismissed the claims.
In a statement a spokesman for the company said that Google was surprised to hear criticism about its privacy record in a hearing that was supposed to be focused on the proposed internet filters.