Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, just said something that makes me seriously reconsider whether I should be trusting his company with my clients’ information.

“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” Here is the video:

Bruce Schneier had the obvious rejoinder, and JWZ points out that Google once blacklisted CNET for publishing Eric Schmidt’s personal info. How ironic. BoingBoing has the snarky summary.

But the real question is whether lawyers should trust Google with their clients’ confidential information if this is the attitude of Google’s CEO. His muttering about the Patriot Act makes me wonder if Google is going to act like Yahoo! and Sprint and give it up to anyone with a badge, search warrant or not.

I am not jumping to move all my information just yet, but I am watching carefully to see whether and how Google responds.

Google CEO: Secrets Are for Filthy People | Valleywag