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Manitoba Man Files Buzz Lawsuit

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

January 5, 2011

A Manitoba man has filed a class-action suit over alleged problems with the launch of Google's Buzz program earlier this year, The Vancouver Sun reports. Norman Rosenbaum, the plaintiff's attorney, alleges that even though Google told users they could choose whether or not to use the company's Buzz service, it automatically activated on users' Gmail accounts, the report states. "It's a breach of privacy," Rosenbaum said. "It automatically affected all of your followers. Even if you said you didn't want to have your e-mail list forwarded, it did it anyway." The suit is seeking unspecified damages, the report states.
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