Eric Schmidt: Apple is Wrong, Google is the Safest Place on the Web [VIDEO]

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said in an interview with CNNMoney that their systems are far more secure and encrypted than anyone else, including Apple. “Apple got it wrong, Google is the safest place on the Web”, said the search giant’s chairman. “Apple is catching up, which is great”, he said, while adding that someone didn’t brief Tim Cook correctly on Google’s policies.

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Last month, Apple’s CEO took jabs at Google, saying when online services like Google are offered for free, the user is really the product, not the customer. “But at Apple, we believe a great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of your privacy,” Cook said. Now, Schmidt has responded by saying that his company works extremely hard to protect its users’ information from other companies, the government, and hackers.

“We have always been the leader in security and encryption,” Eric Schmidt told CNNMoney. He also noted customers have the option to change their settings and share less. “Someone didn’t brief him (Tim Cook) correctly on Google’s policies,” Schmidt said. “It’s unfortunate for him.”

Google recently unveiled a system that allows Gmail users to fully encrypt their emails, and the company said Android phones — like iPhones — will be encrypted by default when the next version of the operating system comes out this fall.

While mentioning huge hacking headlines from Home Depot to Apple’s celebrity nude photo leak, Schmidt pointed out there have been no significant data breaches of Google this year so far.

Check out the following video clip of Eric Schmidt’s interview with CNN: