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Google's Schmidt 'respects' but disagrees with privacy complaints in Europe
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 10, 2013 3:39 PM EDT
Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, said Thursday that he respects but disagrees with complaints about his company's privacy policies made by data protection authorities in six European countries.
Data watchdogs in France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands have said Google needs to provide additional guarantees to comply with national privacy protection rules in each of those countries.
Schmidt made his comments in Athens while attending a technology event there, and after meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
"I have reviewed this. I just don't agree with the that are making this complaint ... With respect I just disagree and we just disagree, and we'll let it play itself out," Schmidt said.
"It seems to me that we have said very clearly what we do with the information, and ... that we have to be respectful of people's privacy. And if we were to be disrespectful of your privacy, you'd go somewhere else or you wouldn't use us."