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Suit Claims Google Buzz Violated Privacy

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

April 7, 2010

A class action suit filed Monday in federal court alleges Google's Buzz social networking service violated the privacy rights of users of the company's e-mail service when it automatically displayed their contacts to other users, BusinessWeek reports. Following customer complaints, Google modified the service, but the lawsuit contends the changes "do not go far enough" and the error "already caused damage because the Buzz program disclosed private user information the moment Google launched the service." This week's lawsuit follows a letter last month to federal antitrust authorities from 10 members of Congress requesting an investigation into whether Buzz compromised users' privacy, the report states.
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