Buzz This, Google: Class-Action Lawsuit

Posted: Feb 18 2010, 8:00pm CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 7:36pm CDT, in News | Technology News

 

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A 24-year-old Harvard Law student has filed a class-action complaint against Google because it unexpectedly exposed information about its users.

Google Buzz was just recently launched, and for many it appeared without much fanfare. Little did these users know, though, that Google was automatically enrolling them into this new social network and exposing information about them they may have wanted to keep private.

"I feel like they did something wrong. They opted me into this social network and I didn't want it," said Eva Hibnick, the zealous student. The suit was filed on behalf of Hibnick from law firms in Washington DC and San Fransisco.

Complaints about the automatic, unnotified opt-in spread out as soon as Buzz launched, and Google quickly offered methods for people to turn it off. The Mason Law Firm says there was still enough time, though, for damage to be done.

A representative for the firm said, "What we'd like to see as result is a commitment from Google that they're not going to do this again the next time they launch a product."

Via PC Mag. You can follow I4U News on Google Buzz.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
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