Thursday, February 18, 2010
GOOGLE BUZZ CUT
Now a class action complaint filed in San Jose federal court alleges that Google Inc. broke the law when its controversial Google Buzz service shared personal data without the consent of users.
The feature allows users to post updates, videos, photos and links within its popular e-mail service in a manner similar to Facebook's News Feed. But privacy groups assailed the fact that users' "followers" were pre-selected based on those they frequently e-mail or chat with. Those people, in turn, could automatically see all the other followers, as well as photos and information shared in other Google products like Reader and Picasa.
The legal complaint accuses Google of breaking various electronic communications laws, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The plaintiff is seeking injunctions to prevent the company from taking similar actions in the future, and unspecified monetary relief.