February 25th 2010

Google buzz – too much?

I was just thinking to myself, you know what we need? Another social networking service. And then, lo’ and behold, out comes Google with Buzz. Since its launch last week, the new service has been causing a lot of raised eyebrows on the privacy issue. Buzz conveniently plugs right into a user’s Gmail account, and like Facebook or Twitter, you can post status updates, YouTube videos and photos, connecting users with ease.

Folks have found that the new service (too openly) publicizes private information.

One law school student decided this week to take the Google Buzz backlash to a whole new level. So much so that on Wednesday, a class-action complaint was filed in San Jose, Calif.; specifically, a federal court against Google Buzz from Eva Hibnick, a 24-year-old Harvard Law School student.

According to Hibnick, the automatic opt-in for Gmail users to use Google Buzz  unlawfully shared personal information without permission. The suit cites the Federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Federal Stored Communications Act and California common and statutory law.

Read the full article from ABCnews.

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.