EPIC Hits Google Buzz with Privacy Complaint

Kara Reeder

According to Computerworld, the Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission claiming that Google Buzz violates user privacy.


EPIC wants the FTC to investigate Google and force it to change or stop offering several features of Buzz. Google has already made changes to Buzz's privacy settings following user complaints.


Specifically, EPIC is unhappy that Gmail users are automatically signed up to be part of Buzz unless they uncheck a box. It also doesn't like that Google uses Gmail users' address books to create Buzz user follower lists:

An attempt by an email service provider to attempt to convert the personal information of all of its customers into a separate service raises far-reaching concerns for subscribers and implicates both consumer and personal privacy interests.

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Jul 29, 2010 7:23 AM Alex Alex  says:

When will this stop? Nowadays it seems to become harder and harder not to run in those traps of unwanted add ons! And as you mostly agree an terms and conditions with the extend of a book (that you surely didn't read all) the law seems to be on the side of those "service providers"


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