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The last few weeks, Google is getting some very negative attention. Google’s privacy policy, its total domination and its lack of collaboration with the Open Source community are raising some questions:

* Google’s privacy issues started getting attention after an interview on CNBC with Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt. He said that "if you have something that you do not want anyone to know, maybe you should not be doing it in the first place". The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) explained why this statement is extremely scary. In reaction to Schmidt, Mozilla’s Community Manager Asa Dotzler recommended people to switch to Microsoft’s Bing, which has a better privacy policy according to him. He explained his concerns more in a later post but also, took down further posts about the subject.. Given that lots of money of the Mozilla Corporation is coming from Google, I suspect that there has been some pressure to remove these posts. Another open source hacker, Luis Villa, also expressed his concerns about Schmidt’s statement on his blog.

* Google’s Chrome browser, gets criticism because it does extensive usage tracking.

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