OPC Questions Buzz on Privacy Concerns
SOCIAL NETWORKINGFebruary 19, 2010
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) is looking into concerns that Google's Buzz social networking service may violate Canada's privacy laws, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The OPC has asked Google, which has made several changes to the new service, to explain how it is addressing privacy concerns. "We have seen a storm of protest and outrage over alleged privacy violations," said Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, referencing the new service's "clear and significant privacy implications." During a conference call with Google officials earlier this week, Stoddart stressed that companies must comply with Canadian privacy laws when launching a new product or service in the country, the report states. Within the past week, a U.S. law firm filed a class-action suit in federal court alleging Buzz violated privacy rights, while the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate the new service.