ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- 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.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — 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.
Schmidt said the Internet search and ad giant has “very broadly communicated” its policies to authorities in the countries where the complaints have been made.
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.
Most Read Business Stories
- REI picks new satellite office ‘surrounded by trail networks’
- Judge upholds Seattle eviction regulations, rebuffing landlords' lawsuit
- Fry's Electronics executive accused of embezzling $65 million
- Funky electronics chain Fry's is no more
- Alaska Airlines ordered to pay $3.2M to family of woman who died after escalator fall
“I have reviewed this. I just don’t agree with the (data protection authorities) 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.”