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German official: Google Buzz "massive intrusion of privacy"

Germany’s Consumer Protection Minister called Google Buzz a “massive intrusion of privacy.”

According to Germany's state broadcast network, Deutsche Welle, Ilse Aigner said recently that the social networking tool made too much personal data publically available without properly disclosing that to users. Google launched Buzz two weeks ago and immediately faced a strong backlash by users who said their Gmail contacts were automatically set up as friends and that it was too difficult to figure out how to make that information private.

Aigner compared Google Buzz to a video store advertising the lists of videos rented by a customer. Google has since changed many functions of the social networking program connected to its popular Gmail program.

Privacy advocates filed a complaint to U.S. consumer protection agency, the Federal Trade Commission last week. Google and the FTC wouldn’t comment specifically about the filing.

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 22, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Google , Privacy  
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