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Google Buzz Has Major Privacy Issues

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Google Buzz displays your followers and physical location to the public by default.

Yesterday, Silicon Alley Insider stated that Google's new "Buzz" service, designed to tackle Twitter (and Facebook to a smaller extent) by incorporating a similar Tweet service into Gmail accounts, has a major privacy flaw. By default, people who follow you and those you follow are made public to anyone viewing your profile.

But as Computerworld points out, this only applies to Gmail accounts that have actually installed the Buzz "application." As both sites have stated, the Gmail account information is available until you option to hide the info through your profile setup.

Surprisingly, no one has mentioned that the mobile version actually provides your physical address by default... house number, zip code and all.

"When you post a buzz from your phone, your location is attached by default," reads Google's overview of location tagging. This means that if you're at home, buzzing from your living room couch and talking trash, locals can pinpoint your exact address and deliver a personal response.

Now that's scary.

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    MJRSnyder , February 11, 2010 10:02 PM
    Um woops...
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    NapoleonDK , February 11, 2010 10:03 PM
    Don't be evil!

    *Laughs at nothing*
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    jp182 , February 11, 2010 10:12 PM
    as long as it can be changed; thats fine. I think its too early in Buzz's product life for the malicious types to get in there and do something illicit with that info.
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    fiskfisk33 , February 11, 2010 10:21 PM
    'tis why i never let google software ever even touch my pc.
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    badaxe2 , February 11, 2010 10:32 PM
    So glad I didn't install this. It sounded stupid and pointless anyways. Gmail does enough.
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    ordcestus , February 11, 2010 10:38 PM
    they'll fix it within a day or two... or whenever the boss is finished yelling
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    gayan , February 11, 2010 10:54 PM
    they will fix it, but with a botched up release like this the damage is already done and will take soo much time to undo it in the eyes of the users mind...
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    jhansonxi , February 11, 2010 11:06 PM
    gayanthey will fix it, but with a botched up release like this the damage is already done and will take soo much time to undo it in the eyes of the users mind...
    Are these the same users that are still using IE6? Most users are completely ignorant of good security and privacy practices.
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    gayan , February 11, 2010 11:11 PM
    jhansonxiAre these the same users that are still using IE6? Most users are completely ignorant of good security and privacy practices.


    True true... some times the tech press is soo much ahead of them selves in terms of privacy and security.. most times the users just don't seems to care...
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    zoemayne , February 12, 2010 12:07 AM
    They'll probably fix this when they feel like it but this tactic will certainly gain more users using the service. More people following each other.
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    Anonymous , February 12, 2010 12:18 AM
    Social networking is an attempt to put your every thought, move and action onto the "cloud". All of the large corporate social networking sites are regularly reviewed by law enforcement, both the private and public parts of your profile. Not to mention, the epic tracking cookies from ads, from all of the shadiest spyware companies, which then gives corporate America access to your every click. Anybody remotely interested in privacy stays the hell off of social networking.

    Then there's the spyware
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    estebanhillcoat , February 12, 2010 1:30 AM
    Scary???? Obama as Peace Nobel prize scares me!!!

    Privacy issues??? my house has privacy issues? probably if let the door open...

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    JohnnyLucky , February 12, 2010 2:41 AM
    This beginning to sound like it might be a mistake. lawyers could probably have a field day.
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    Maxor127 , February 12, 2010 2:43 AM
    I really don't understand this whole Twitter fad. Am I just weird that I don't care at all about what people have to say or what mundane things they're doing in their life?
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    CrashOverride90 , February 12, 2010 3:53 AM
    check this out...

    http://k2labs.com/K2L/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=67
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    830hobbes , February 12, 2010 10:04 AM
    fiskfisk33'tis why i never let google software ever even touch my pc.

    Seriously? If you've ever used the internet, I'm sure google software has touched your pc. Ads? Probably google. Just browsed? Google analytics. Searched within a site? Probably google. Used firefox? Google software is incorporated. Yeah, you can manage to avoid google software if you really try but in all likelihood, you use it every day.
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    bydesign , February 12, 2010 5:18 PM
    Google is a privacy concern even with searches.
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    fiskfisk33 , February 17, 2010 11:43 PM
    830hobbesSeriously? If you've ever used the internet, I'm sure google software has touched your pc. Ads? Probably google. Just browsed? Google analytics. Searched within a site? Probably google. Used firefox? Google software is incorporated. Yeah, you can manage to avoid google software if you really try but in all likelihood, you use it every day.


    yea, sadly, you are right, it scares me how they are nested into everything and that there's little choice. the thing that scares me about google is how they log everything, in my world googleware = spyware.

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    Anonymous , May 22, 2010 9:27 AM
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    . May it be so!
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    b) Highly educated and well trained one hundred cultural groups (each group contains 100 persons) will have to arrange one hundred cultural shows for three months in big cities of underdeveloped and poor countries.
    c) America will have to arrange exhibitions through his Embassies for his latest products, in the underdeveloped and poor countries .All these mentioned above industrial exhibitions will be arranged continuously for two months. In the above mentioned exhibitions present products will be sold except export order booking. In these exhibitions, American Cultural Programs will have to arrange and American Traditional Dishes will be kept for sale. In these exhibitions American Tourism Stalls will also be put-up.
    Following rules and regulations will be undertaken for the progress and prosperity of American students.
    a) Among metric, Fsc, Bsc, (eng} .Mbbs, Llb, Ca and diploma holders in all institutions, all those receiving degrees at the state level, ten each from girls and boys by cash prizes will be announced on behalf of the gov during invitation on lunch.
    b) For above mentioned top ten intelligent students boys and girls each, tours for different historical and healthy sites will be arranged free of cast.
    c) Sport Talent Schools of international level will be set up over the country at the district level, in which students of extra-ordinary sports talent taught from class one to Fsc level.
    d) American states gov will announce free transport, free medical facilities and free lunch during education to all school, college and university students.

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    Today we are presenting a new planning in America for the rapid progress in industry.

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    gas and water bills

    For the establishment of new industries in industrial zone American government will allow 25%relief in taxes .

    1) Sugar mills, textile mills, Garment Industry
    2) Shoes tire tube factory.

    3) Milk powder industry, tin pack fruit industry, ornament industry, carpet industry.
    4) Frozen fish, chicken beef, and meat industry.
    6) Dairy forming, poultry forming, fish forming, cattle forming, fruit forming.
    7) Vegetable forming biscuit sweet industry hotel industry.
    8) Electronic industry, sanitary industry paint industry.
    9) Furniture industry.
    10) Steel mill industry.
    11) Engine industry.
    12) Aero plane industry and shipping industry.
    13) Computer and mobile industry.
    14) Medicine industry fertilizer industry and insecticide industry.
    15) Car, bus truck loader, harvester industry.

    I Agha Dilbar have sent Ten Million research Peace Letters to International Community from 9/11 incident till today. This letter is my Great Peace Mission plan which is continued. Present Global Economic Crisis is the result of War on Terror. This Crisis if further accelerates could initiate a 111-World War. Please hear my Voice of Truth; I can save the World, for my Great Peace Mission, with the help of President Barrack Obama, Peace and Prosperity.
    The Government of America will announce to provide free home facility to employees after 20 year of service as per following rules and regulations.

    1. For providing free home facility to their employees after retirement the government will deduct 2 ½% amounts for their monthly salaries.
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    3. The housing company shall provide beautiful home to the government or non government employee after 20 year of service.
    4. The people not acquiring home after 20 year of service shall be paid in whole by deducted total amount from their salaries during their employment.
    The government of America should follow the below regulations immediately. For giving facilities to the government and
    private employees.

    The employees working in America shall be given pension from the government treasury equivalent to 50%
    Of their salaries.

    Such employees who suffer from disabilities shall be given insurance benefits for their whole lives for the government treasury.
    And their children of the employees who face death also be paid insurance to their parent’s salary.

    All the employees working in America shall given free transportation, medical facility, food and living during their tenure.

    Employees leaving their jobs in America shall be paid given 3 months advance salary.

    President Barack Obama will become more popular by taking above action, and industry wills also prosper more in America.


    Ten thousand small dams planning during seven years in USA as a result of this planning ten million
    people shall obtain employment. Other than doubling the electricity shall also benefit fish forming, tourism, agriculture
    and trading.

    To obtain the subjective following rules and regulation shall be observed.

    Government and private institutes of America shall pay 5%share of their income
    In the new international development of corporation (IDC).


    2.IDC shall invest to build ten thousand new hydro electric dams adjacent to all the rivers
    with 100 km.

    3.From these small dames network of rivers shall be obtained this benefit fish forming and tourism spot.

    4.1500 hundred Dams shall be built each year at every cost.

    5. To speed up the progress of IDC government state government, arms forces and semi government
    organizations shall help and support the implementation of these small dams.

    The following regulations would be implanted to install American institutions of international standard for progress and construction in all the backward countries of the world.
    In the suggested institutions, the 50% investment would be done by American government, and these institutions would work private autonomous bodies.
    In the underdeveloped countries, the developmental institutions would sell these services privately in the following fields, in collaborations with the suggested institutions.
    Roads and bridges
    Industrial zones
    Housing projects
    Car, bus and truck industries
    Agriculture projects
    Schools, colleges and universities
    Hospitals and nursing training institutes
    Poultry fish and cattle farm training institutes
    Paper sugar and furniture industries
    Textile and garment industries
    Milk powder and tin pack fruit industries
    Ghee oil and soap industries
    Electronic and electric industries
    Engineering industries
    Steel railway aero plane and shipping industries

    To bring an agriculture and industrial revolution, the following regulations would be implemented
    a) In America, all the agricultural and technical institutions would be given following concessions instantly.
    1) All the new and old agriculture and technical institutes would be from all kind of taxes i-e income Tex, sales tax and property tax
    2) In America, all technical and agricultural training institutes would get 50% investment from federal and provincial governments
    3) Free books would be provided to students studying in these institutes of international stand red.
    4) All the expenses of students studying in these institutes would be borne by the federal and provincial governments.
    5) New courses of international stand red would be planned to teach in these agricultural and technical institutes.
    .

    During the next seven years in America, the foiling rules and regulations would be observed to install one million wind mills and one million off shore tide tribunes.
    In the result of implanting the suggested plan, besides a large scale of production of pollution free electrical energy, there will be great development in employment, agriculture and industry
    1) Federal and states government would announce no tax on wind mills and off shore tide tribunes.
    2) To install wind mills and off shore tide tribunes the federal and states governments provide free land near off shore.
    3) To act upon the above mentioned plan, the federal and states governments America would announce to provide 50% capital to initiate the business.


    To develop agriculture, industry and business to increase production and to provide employment resources, the following rules and regulations would be implemented.
    a) There would be a 50% tax relief to all factories, mills, schools, colleges and universities and commercial institutions, which are working in double shifts. The number of workers the second shift would be equal to the workers in the first shift.
    b) In America , all federal and state government factories, mills, schools, colleges universities and all commercial institutions would be given 100% tax relief , which are running on triple shifts i.e. 24-hours,in such cases, the number of workers in second and third shifts should be equal to the number of first shift.
    c) All the exporters in America, increase their exports in comparison to last year by 50%, would get 50%tax relief.
    d) Those exporters who would double their exports 100% in comparison to last year would get 100% tax relief by the government.
    To develop agriculture industry trade and export and tourisim in America, I recommend the following implementations.
    1) For building new industries the federal and states governments shall provide free land to the local and foreign industrialists.
    2) after the acquisition of land the industrialists shall have to start production within the first year, and till 20 years the industrialists shall have to start production within first year., and till 20 years the industrialists shall not be able to either close or sell their industries. And after that they will become the complete owners.
    3) Similarly for building agro industries, federal and states governments shall provide free land.
    A)dairy farms (b)poultry farms(c) cattle farms(d)fish farms (e)feed industries(f)fruit farms (g)tin pack fruit industry(h)milk powder industry (I )ghee oil and soap industry(j)biscuit and sweet industry(k)cold drink and juices industry(l)fertilizer industry(m)insecticide industry
    4) government of America under new policy should provide counter trade(barter)facility for import and export to the rest of the world.
    To promote agriculture industry, trade, tourism and employment in America 50- thousand latest super stores with following rules and regulations would be installed.
    1) in America, in the private sector, the federal and states governments would provide free land of 4- canals 8-kanals,16-kanals and 32-kanals area to install these super stores in different motor ways linking big and small cities.
    In these latest super stores, all the necessities of life should be sold in whole sale and retail sale with 10% prophet only.
    a)vetables,fruit and grains,flour,rice, ghee , oil and spices.
    b) Mutton, beef poultry eggs and fish.
    c) Cold drinks, milk shakes, juices and milk.
    D) Medicines, fertilizer and insecticide.
    e) Cloth, readymade garments, shoes, handbags and purses.
    f) Books, stationary and watches.
    g) Furniture.friges frezires, air condictores and computers.
    h)utensils and crockery, makeup items and paints.
    i) Electrical appliances wires and sanitary material.
    j) Cycles motor cycles, cars and tractors.
    2) In latest super stores, the following services of international stand red would be provided to people.
    A) hotel and restaurants. Parks, play land, gymnasium and swimming tanks.
    b) Petrol pumps, gas station service station and car repairing shops.
    c) Hair cutting saloons, beauti parlors and tailoring shops.
    D) Marriage halls meeting halls, cinema, theaters and libraries.






    Mr. Barack Obama you are not only the Leader of America, you are Great Leader of the World. In this connection I am waiting for your Email response, dated 2.10.2009.
    Please Confirm.
    Thank you, God blesses you and God bless America.
    Agha Dilbar (founder)
    International Revolution Movement
    64-neelum block ait Lahore (Pakistan)
    Phone: 0092427830084
    Cell 03224628349
    Email aghadilbar4@gmail.com
    Website http://aghadilbar.webs.com/
    This Open Letter has been sent Eight Lak (800000) to International Community for the welfare of Humanity till today. I Agha Dilbar authorize Newspapers, Magazines, Internet to publish and Radio, and T.V. Channels to broadcast this letter all round the World.
    I Agha Dilbar challenge with 100% trust that own result of my meeting with Barack Obama war on terror and suicide attacks in PAKISTAN, AFGHANISTAN ,IRAQ And all over the WORLD could be put to an end and due to this great success Barack Obama would be able to rule the America till 2016. And on my return of my official visit from America the world will be set on the way of implementing the CHANGE WE NEED. Live with Dignity and Die with Grace.
    It has been extraordinary to read and hear, some of the things I did my decision alone by the voice of God, who called me in my heart.
    Mystery of success to rule the World
    Peace through friendship progress and prosperity.
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