EPIC has filed a complaint with the FTC against the epic Google for violating wire tapping laws on their newly released Google Buzz. EPIC stands for Electronic Privacy Information Center, which monitors federal wiretapping laws. Ouch for Google and their new Google Buzz. Looks like some deception lies in the ranks of Google! . Apparently, Google Buzz came out in February and the people using the social network site were instantly offended by Google Buzz, because Google was sharing people’s private information from people’s Gmail accounts without first asking the Google Buzz/Gmail users permission, first. When word got out to the public that Google was deceptively sharing people’s personal profile information from their Gmail, Google began to scramble trying to remedy the situation. Apparently, it was too late and Google was busted! So we shall see what comes of the EPIC lawsuit against Google. My thoughts are that Google will come out clean, being I am sure they have enough money to throw around. Sorry for the skepticism, but Money Talks, right? So what do you think will come of this EPIC vs. Google lawsuit.Read more »
Eleven U.S. lawmakers have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google's launch of its Buzz social-networking product for breaches of consumer privacy. The representatives -- six Democrats and five Republicans from the House Energy and Commerce Committee -- noted in their letter that Google's roll-out of Buzz exposed private information of users to Google's Gmail service to outsiders. In one case, a 9-year-old girl accidentally shared her contact list in Gmail with a person who has a "sexually charged" username, the lawmakers said in the letter, sent to the FTC Friday and released Monday. "Due to the high number of individuals whose online privacy is affected by tools like this -- either directly or indirectly --- we feel that these claims warrant the commission's review of Google's public disclosure of personal information of consumers through Google Buzz," said the letter, organized by Representative John Barrow, a Georgia Democrat. In the original public version of Buzz, launched in February, the program compiled a list of the Gmail contacts the users most frequently e-mailed or chatted with and automatically started following those people.Read more »
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