Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Privacy commissioner joins global group slamming Google

Privacy watchdogs in Canada and nine other countries are warning Google Inc. and other global firms to respect people's privacy rights. They've sent a letter to Google, accusing it of overlooking privacy values and legislation in launching new online products. Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart is among those who signed the letter. She says corporations like Google pay lip service to privacy, but it is not always reflected in the launch of new products. The privacy watchdogs are particularly disturbed by the recent rollout of the Google Buzz social networking application. Google assigned Gmail users a network of “followers” from among people with whom they corresponded most often and melded this into Buzz without adequately telling users about this new service.

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