Google Buzz Caught Up in Privacy Probe

Just three days after Google made major changes to Buzz, the CBC reports that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is looking into the social-networking tool.

Citing Valerie Lawton, a spokeswoman for the privacy office, CBC says the office is looking into concerns about Buzz because, they "understand the public concern about privacy issues related to Google Buzz."

Users have complained about a lot of Buzz features. Among them is the fact that Buzz displays your followers and who you're following (revealing who you email the most). It displays your location, even if it is your home address. People also disliked that though they could switch off Buzz, this did not mean they were opting out, just that they didn't want to receive Buzz alerts.

Lawton said the agency may comment further on the issue today.

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  • well...at least Google Buzz is living up to its name...
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  • This is just transparency, it is their only business model. They whore you out and steal your data about you to make money. Actually they should be paying us.
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  • This is just transparency, it is their only business model. They whore you out and steal your data about you to make money. Actually they should be paying us.
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