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Former Google Employee Offers Insight

ONLINE PRIVACY

July 14, 2011

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, former Google employee Douglas Edwards offers insight into the company's attitude on privacy and efforts toward creating a social network. Edwards submits that, for Google's founders, privacy was not an issue. "The facts were that Google was not reading e-mail; Google was not targeting e-mail. So, the facts said there was no privacy issue," Edwards said, adding they "didn't understand that people's perception was reality." Edwards also weighed in on Google's efforts to gain ground in social networking. The company sees information created in social networks as "extremely important and valuable," he says, and without access to it, the founders think "Google will be less valuable as an information source." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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