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Buzz Faces New Lawsuit as FTC Shows Interest in Prior Complaint

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 9, 2010

Google is facing a new lawsuit over its Buzz social networking service, InformationWeek reports. The complaint, filed last week in Rhode Island, alleges "Google intentionally exceeded its authorization to access and control confidential and private information," violating the Stored Communications Act and Electronic Communications Act. Meanwhile, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has expressed interest in a recent Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) complaint about Google Buzz. The complaint raises issues "that relate to consumer expectations about the collection and use of their data," FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director David Vladeck wrote in a letter to EPIC, noting, "it is critical that consumers understand how their data will be used and have the opportunity to exercise meaningful control over such uses."
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