View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
August 5, 2005updated 19 Aug 2016 10:11am

Has Google ‘Blackballed’ Naughty News.com?

CNET News.com claims that Google won't talk to it until July 2006 in response to "privacy issues" raised in a News.com story which revealed details of Google CEO Eric Schmidt's personal life. I wouldn't have revealed such details myself.

By Jason Stamper Blog

CNET News.com claims that Google won’t talk to it until July 2006 in response to "privacy issues" raised in a News.com story which revealed details of Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s personal life.

I wouldn’t have revealed such details myself. The point of the article was to show that Google holds a lot of personal data, some of which is accessible to all over the Web. CNET could have made their point by saying that Schmidt’s salary, net worth, home town and even music preference can be discovered online, without actually detailing them.

Content from our partners
Green for go: Transforming trade in the UK
Manufacturers are switching to personalised customer experience amid fierce competition
How many ends in end-to-end service orchestration?

But if CNET’s claim is true, it seems rather sad that Google should batten down the hatches and refuse to talk to journalists, when most of what News.com revealed was publicly accessible information, and none of it was likely to cause Schmidt any real embarrassment by it being made public. News.com revealed that Schmidt makes a lot of money and is also worth an awful lot of money, which will come as little surprise to anyone.

CBR recently voted the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, among the 10 Most Influential people in technology in our recent CBR 10 Most Influential Special Report. So come on guys, don’t make us wish we hadn’t. ‘Blackballing’ journalists is not big and is not clever. I hope I don’t have to explain why a free technology press is important to such a forward-looking company as Google. But perhaps given the fact that it was Playboy that Google granted its exclusive pre-IPO interview to, they do seem to have a slightly odd view of the people they will, and will not talk to.

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.
THANK YOU