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 December 11, 2009  Posted by  Online

Cade Metz reports:

Mozilla director of community development Asa Dotzler – co-founder of the original Firefox project – has encouraged Firefox users to switch their search engine from Google to Microsoft Bing in the wake of Eric Schmidt’s now infamous words on net privacy.

In an interview aired by CNBC on Sunday, the Google boss insisted that anyone who worries about Mountain View retaining personal data must be guilty of improper behavior. “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,” he said.

“If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines – including Google – do retain this information for some time and it’s important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities.”

In a post to his personal blog Thursday morning, ten-year Mozilla vet Asa Dotzler quoted Schmidt in full before indicating that he’s not too happy with the Googler’s haughty take on data retention.

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