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Class Action Complaint Filed Over Google Buzz…What now?!

February 18, 2010

When Google unleashed Buzz onto Gmail users, did it invade their privacy? Some folks definitely think it did, as a local class action complaint was filed in San Jose federal court, alleging that Google Buzz broke the law by sharing personal data without user consent.

The complaint, filed on behalf of a Florida woman called Eva Hibnick, claims Google have broken several electronic communications laws, with the plaintiff seeking both monetary relief and injunctions to prevent Google from taking similar actions in the future.

This is not the first privacy-related stirrup Google Buzz has caused. Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada had some doubts about Google Buzz; the issue then, as it is now, was the fact that Buzz automatically finds users to follow based on your e-mail correspondence.
Google quickly announced some changes in the way Google Buzz handles private data, but that might even reinforce the case that Buzz’s original behavior was breaking the law.

Google declined to comment on this new case, claiming they haven’t yet been served with the complaint.

View the original article from Mashable here.

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