The NSA may be after your data, but stick with Google and you'll be safe. At least, Eric Schmidt thinks so.
As reported by CNBC, the search giant's executive chairman told a SXSW crowd on Friday that he is "pretty sure" users' private goods are protected.
"We are pretty sure the information that is inside of Google right now is safe from prying eyes, especially the government," he said during a panel in Austin. "We think your data is very safe."
Schmidt pointed out that Google had successfully thwarted efforts by Chinese hackers to gain access to Google intellectual property in 2010, a move that led to questions about whether the company would remain in the region.
But Schmidt also confirmed September reports that Google has beefed up its encryption processes in light of the NSA spying revelations, CNBC said. Google had reportedly planned to do so prior to the Edward Snowden leaks, but accelerated its efforts after the NSA's activities came to light.
Speaking alongside Google Ideas Director Jared Cohen, Schmidt also discussed the backlash against in the wealthy tech industry in San Francisco, which resulted in protests against the shuttle buses firms use to transport workers to Silicon Valley offices.
"We are very, very worried about this issue and the data suggests that the problem could get worse," Schmidt said, according to the Washington Post. "If you look at the most recent studies of American economic growth, 99 percent of the people saw essentially no economic improvement over the last decade."
In an effort to counter citizen protests, Google and Facebook have both tested water ferry programs, moving employees from crowded city bus stops to the Bay.
Meanwhile, Schmidt also touched on Google's new robotics effort, admitting that the machines are already "replacing repetitive human tasks," and calling it the evolution "progress," the Post said.
"It has a displacement component but eventually it makes us more productive society," Schmidt told the crowd, adding that people who learn to work with robots will make a better living than those who refuse.
"You think back to the days of the Cold War, people who wanted to change the geopolitical framework of the world learned Russian. After 9/11, I remember everyone was learning Arabic," Cohen chimed in. "Think about the next language people need to learn: computer language."
Google is certainly embracing the robot revolution. It bought Boston Dynamics in December, but owns more than a half dozen similar firms.