Quote of the day: 'Can't see your swing set'

Google exec defends new satellite-mapping option as an information tool, not a privacy invader.

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, in defending his company's privacy policies at a symposium Thursday, said the detail on the new map-linked satellite imagery is deliberately limited.

"We cannot see your swing set, and we're not trying to," he said, adding that Google has complied with government agency requests to blank out areas of its satellite maps. "The value of more information so overwhelms its misuse that we've not had material problems there."

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Force Friday and the best of IFA 2015

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by Jeff Bakalar