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Before getting into today's topic, let me preface by saying much of it is based on rumor and speculation. So don't get to worked up over the news. According to the rumors, Eric Schmidt, ex-CEO of Google could be a potential candidate for the U.S Commerce Secretary appointment. Oh, the Consumer Watchdog organization isn't very happy with that.

In the supposed rumor, Schmidt is in the running along with two other candidates. To not mix up the words of Consumer Watchdog, here's what project director, John M. Simpson, said in a public letter to President Obama,

"Mr. Schmidt’s views on privacy, antitrust issues, workers rights and commercial growth are inimical to the ethical customs, social mores and rules of law the American people have demanded of their leaders.

Reckless data mining in pursuit of profit is how Mr. Schmidt became a billionaire, but it should not be the official policy of the Commerce Department, which is the federal agency charged with establishing and executing the Administration’s official online privacy policies.  Putting Eric Schmidt in charge of policing online privacy is like appointing Bernie Madoff to direct the Securities Exchange Commission.

To coincide with his own personal feelings, Simpson also included some infamous quotes from Schmidt:

"If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place."

"We know where you are, we know where you have been, we can more or less know what you are thinking about."

"There is what I call the creepy line.  The Google Policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it."

The Consumer Watchdog organization certainly has plenty of ammunition against the man. However, there's two sides to every coin. While they certainly brought out the negatives, there are some positives working for Schmidt as well. Considering this post is for "US Commerce Secretary", Schmidt has unique knowledge in the world of commerce. He was head of one of the most successful companies in the last ten years. He also has a unique outlook into the future of e-commerce, which has to be a top priority for the Commerce Secretary.

This won't be an easy decision for President Obama. There are all kinds of factors to consider when appointing someone who's overseeing the commerce side to our nation. What do you think of Schmidt as a potential candidate?

The ideas presented in the WebProWorld newsletter editor's note do not reflect the thoughts, and ideas of the WebProWorld community.

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