US lawmakers ask for FTC investigation of Google Buzz

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Security Breach 101

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Apr 3, 2010, 11:59:28 PM4/3/10
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http://www.goodgearguide.com.au/article/341341/us_lawmakers_ask_ftc_investigation_google_buzz/

"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. Those
lists were made public, giving strangers access to the contacts of Buzz
users"

"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."

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If you do use Gmail disable "Buzz" at the very bottom of your Gmail window
where it says "disable Buzz". This very intrusive piece of "buzz" bullshit
points to more breaches of consumer privacy ahead.

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