Canadian Commissioner Probing Buzz; Class Action Filed
SOCIAL NETWORKINGFebruary 18, 2010
The fallout continues from the launch of Google's new social networking feature, Buzz. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) of Canada is investigating the feature to see if it complies with Canadian privacy laws, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. "We have seen a storm of protest and outrage over alleged privacy violations and my office also has questions about how Google Buzz has met the requirements of privacy laws in Canada," Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said in a statement. Released last week, Buzz has garnered criticism from several privacy interests, prompting a Google product manager to promise certain changes. Despite this, a U.S. law firm has filed a class-action suit against the company claiming similar violations.