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Canadian Commissioner Probing Buzz; EPIC Asks for FTC Probe

SOCIAL NETWORKING

February 17, 2010

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) of Canada is investigating Google's new Buzz social networking feature to see if it complies with Canadian privacy laws, reports the CBC. "We understand the public concern about privacy issues related to google Buzz," said OPC spokesperson Valerie Lawton. "Our office is looking at the issue." Released last week, Buzz has garnered criticism from privacy interests, prompting a Google product manager to promise certain changes. Despite this, the Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade commission alleging that the service violates federal consumer protection law.

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