Charlie Rose: What was the original mission for Google?
Eric Schmidt: All the world’s information, universally accessible and useful.
Charlie Rose: And how we doing on that?
Eric Schmidt: Well, we’ve just started. And I would tell you that when you are 23 years old and you state that’s your mission, you’ve got a lot of years ahead of you. And Larry and Sergey still have a long way to go in that.
Google stores every single search, along with the IP address of the computer doing the search, and has done so since the beginning.
Google’s motto is “don’t be evil.” However, that didn’t stop them from cooperating with the communist Chinese government to further cement The Great Firewall of China, by restricting access to certain information deemed unacceptable by the regime. So much for their commitment to the universally accessible component of their mission.
While it’s falling behind in making the world’s information universally accessible, it’s moving ahead at breakneck speed in storing all the world’s information. This recent article talks about how much Google knows about you, and how their new tool, Google Dashboard, introduced this November, will show you exactly that.
It should be clear that Schmidt wasn’t speaking metaphorically when he said “all the world’s information,” he literally meant it. All the world’s information, stored by Google.