Google Begins Backtrack from Buzz Privacy Fiasco

NYT reports that Google is modifying the way their Buzz social networking service sets up users with a group of followers by default. Of course, the problem with the default is that it listed e-mail contacts publicly so anyone looking at your Buzz account would know who’s in your address book. With the way Google wanted to run this service, users had zero privacy.

I’m still pissed off about the way Google chose to force this service upon users — not to mention the manner in which they did it — and I have little faith that they won’t pull shit like this again. It took a lot of effort by the public to get them to relent, and this was at least the third time they moved in the right direction. The fact that they’d even force users to opt-out and remove people from their “followers” lists demonstrates a serious lack of respect for their users’ privacy.


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