Google Buzz: No Privacy By Default

I was incredulous when I first read that Google was opting gmail users into their new Buzz social networking service. I was even more incredulous when I found out that contacts are included by default as “followers” and, thus, are made public. By default.


I don’t want to do “social networking.” I sure as fuck don’t want my contacts made public so that anyone — stalkers, employers, family, etc. — can see who’s in my address book.

Fucking assholes. This is why I always thought Google was a bigger problem than Microsoft — Google has a lot more control over data and accessing it, and they seem to have enough amoral fucktards working for them who don’t understand that most people don’t want their entire private lives to be open books for the world to read.

Google, please do the right thing and make this stupid service opt-in and, at the very least, stop the practice of automatically adding contacts to anything visible by the public. What’s next — showing my Google search history alongside my contacts? If I wanted to do any social networking and share my life with the whole fucking world like that, I want to do it on my own terms — not yours.

Goddamn, I’m mad now.

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