European Data Protection Digest

Privacy Concerns Prompt Buzz Revamp

SOCIAL NETWORKING

February 19, 2010

Facing criticism about user privacy, Google is reworking its Buzz social networking service, The Times reports, including a function to turn off specific features. "People thought that we were publishing their e-mail addresses and private information, which was not true," says Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt. "It was our fault that we did not communicate that fact very well, but...nobody's personal information was disclosed." Meanwhile, a U.S. law firm has filed a class-action suit alleging Buzz violates privacy rights. Canadian and U.S. authorities have raised concerns about privacy in the days since Buzz was first launched, and the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has confirmed it will investigate any complaints.
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