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EC Says Buzz in Line with Data Laws

SOCIAL NETWORKING—EU

April 27, 2010

While members of the U.S. Congress call for an investigation into Google's Buzz social networking platform and privacy regulators from 10 nations criticize the company's methods in rolling out the product, the European Commission (EC) has deemed it to be in line with the bloc's data protection guidelines as long as users' data was not used without prior and tacit consent, Euractiv reports. An EC spokesperson said it "is up to the member states to verify whether the amended privacy settings by Google...regarding their Buzz service comply with this prior informed consent principle." The spokesperson said the EC will cooperate with national data protection authorities to ensure the rules are respected.
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