Google Faces Class-Action Lawsuit over Buzz

Lora Bentley

I can't believe I'm writing about this again today, but there's more buzz on Google's Buzz. According to CNET News, Google now not only has to deal with a complaint before the Federal Trade Commission, but also a class-action lawsuit brought by two law firms on behalf of "a Florida woman who has been chosen to represent the many Gmail users who felt, well, used, when Google launched Buzz," writer Chris Matyszczyk says.


Among other things, the lawsuit alleges Buzz violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because it "compromises the confidentiality of a computer." On behalf of all 31.2 million Gmail users, the plaintiff asks for unspecified damages (cash) and a promise from Google that it will not engage in such activity in the future.


The irony of the situation is not lost on Matyszczyk, who writes:

...[A]ll of this negative buzz is occurring while Google CEO Eric Schmidt was addressing the Mobile World Congress and stressing the need to "stay end-user-focused." The end users have spoken and what they say seems to be that Google was not focused on them at all.

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