Katherine Albrecht, activist, radio host and privacy advocate, invited me on her show Tuesday afternoon where we discussed my blog, my arrests, the situation in the United Kingdom and the spread of contempt of cop cases that are popping up on the internet on a regular basis.
Turns out, she had never heard the phrase “contempt of cop” before but one of her researchers pulled it up on the internet during the show and discovered there is now a Wikipedia page on it.
I know that Wikipedia page wasn’t there when I first introduced the phrase on this blog back in April 2009. In fact, I had to do a little research on the internet to find that term being used so I could write that blog post.
But thanks to Wikipedia, it is now an easily definable term that has gained official status on the internet.
During the hour segment, Albrecht also informed me of a new search engine called Start Page, that unlike Google, does not store cookies on your browser after every search you make.
And unlike Google, she said they are not willing to turn over your search engine requests to the federal government upon a Patriot Act request.
Here is a recent quote from Google CEO Eric Schmidt about how he views our privacy.
“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines — including Google — do retain this information for some time… we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act…” —Google CEO Eric Schmidt, in 2009.
Now I don’t know much about Start Page, so I’ll let my computer guru readers fill me in on it. But I do believe in customer confidentiality, so Google loses points with me in that regard.
Here is the radio segment in case you’re interested.