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Satirical video mocking Google CEO hits Times Square

Video takes a swipe at the company's attitude towards privacy.

US-based consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has aired a satirical video cartoon featuring Google chief executive Eric Schmidt, at New York's Times Square on Thursday.

The video was aimed at creating public awareness about privacy rights, the organisation's president Jamie Court said.

The 15-second clip, displayed as an advertisement at the commercial intersection, mocks Schmidt's comments on privacy. It includes his quote, "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."

The cartoon shows Schmidt going around a residential neighbourhood in an ice cream truck, spying on children and disclosing the browsing habits of their parents to them. It was from a video clip posted online at, a website run by the consumer organisation.

"We like ice cream as much as anyone, but we like privacy even more," Google said in response to the video.

The search company said it provides tools such as Google Dashboard, Ads Preference Manager, Chrome incognito mode and "off the record" Gmail chat, for users to control their privacy online.