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Privacy Advocates Concerned About New Google Feature

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

January 10, 2014

In its Official Gmail Blog, Google updates users on a new feature that allows those using Gmail and Google+ where “Gmail will suggest your Google+ connections as recipients when you are composing a new e-mail.” The blog notes “your e-mail address is only shared with the people you want … You control whether people can reach you this way with a new setting in Gmail.” However, Los Angeles Times reports, privacy advocates believe the feature should have been opt-in. The Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Marc Rotenberg alleges the new feature is "eerily similar” to Google Buzz, which resulted in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
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