THE FIVE

Google's ties to the Obama administration

Should Americans be concerned?

 

This is a rush transcript from "The Five," June 10, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: Google is back in the spotlight again with the news of the government's access to our personal data. Some people talk about how strong the ties are between the company and the administration, and just how far it may go to help the government get information. Executive chairman Eric Schmidt is an Obama supporter who helped him win reelection.

Here is his take on privacy.

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ERIC SCHMIDT, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF GOOGLE: If you have something you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. But if you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines, including Google, do retain this for some time, and it's important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act. It is possible that that information could be made available to the authorities.

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KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, CO-HOST: Oh my goodness.

BECKEL: Another example of the Patriot Act being a problem.

But the fact is, there's an awful lot of information in Google that could be helpful to a campaign, not the least of which helps target and mini-targeting down to people's interests and help them in terms of marketing tools.

So, what do you think?

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: And also if they're keeping the data, literally, e-mails, Gmail emails, could be stored and at some later date the government says we want those, as Eric Schmidt points out, via the Patriot Act, which would be overreach. But if they did that, they would turn them over, who knows what they would find.

I mean, it's just getting scarier and scarier. I stand by my statement in first block that they have to be stopped, the government.

DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: I think -- I think we're too far gone on it, from the private companies that have all of the information. So like when I go on Google if I do a search for, looking for shoes like Kimberly's, next time I go to one of my favorite Web sites, all of a sudden they're automatically there, an ad for shoes like Kimberly.

We're allowing -- corporate America is doing to us what we are accusing the government of doing.

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: I am so not worried about Google. What I'm worried about is my wife.

PERINO: Looking at your Google?

GUTFELD: You've got to clear your history, America!

(CROSSTALK)

GUILFOYLE: So shady!

BOLLING: Especially if you're looking for Kimberly's shoes.

(CROSSTALK)

BECKEL: On Google, you can clear it?

GUTFELD: I don't know, yes.

(CROSSTALK)

GUTFELD: Fox fire I think, what's that called? I don't know what I'm saying.

You know what, I always wondered what Google meant, what the actual word meant. Now I know what it is. If you're conservative, it means you're screwed.

GUILFOYLE: OK. That's been fascinating. You understand that Google, all these guys, the guys that own it and founded it, they're very, very tight with Obama and the administration. That's why he was giving talking points that say listen, don't do bad things, we have to comply with the Patriot Act, et cetera, et cetera. He is playing for one team.

BECKEL: Yes, but let's remember on the other side of the coin here, that Karl Rove people, and rightfully so, legally, the Walmart list of people from the Rose Institute in California, people collect data as many places they can to match people up to voting history.

PERINO: Like Pandora is a good example of that, too, they have the capability to listen, they can track what you're listening to, and next time you go on iTunes, you find out, oh, if you like this music, you'll like this music, and it's actually kind of useful.

GUILFOYLE: Kind of helpful actually.

PERINO: Yes, I like it.

BOLLING: That's developing a profile and marketing to the profile, the difference here is when it's data, when it's e-mails, when it's voice information, that's information that's not a personality thing to market to. It's personal privacy --

(CROSSTALK)

PERINO: -- Al Qaeda having "The Five" show. They like (INAUDIBLE), laughing at us.

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