When Google announced their new social network, Buzz, they did not fully take into account how important people think their privacy is. Two days after it was first launched, Google had to make several revisions to the platform.
Originally, the application was Google’s answer to Twitter but with some extras. Buzz was to let you use Google Maps with Buzz in order for you to focus on your actual location and synching it with your Gmail address book. The application lets you share your location with others and gives additional information about the place you are visiting. This app syncs with your Google Nexus One unlocked cell phone and your computer. This would let your followers know where you are and what you are doing.
Unfortunately when it was released, it allowed everyone to see your public profile. As a user, you had to block the public from viewing your information. On February 12, 2010, Google made some changes so you could block anyone following you that you did not want following you. They based these changes on the amount of user feedback stating that this was an invasion of privacy. Google enhanced Buzz with features to improve privacy settings and giving the user more control about how information would be shared.
This must not be enough for some users as a lawsuit was filed this week in San Jose (CA). The class action was filed in federal court and states that Google has invaded privacy issues by how it released Buzz. Most times, applications state that you must opt in, while Buzz made it so that you had to opt out. This made over 31 million users of Gmail affected by the way Buzz was introduced. The suit could actually include every Gmail user. Google has not made any official statement, as they have not yet taken a look at the lawsuit. You would have thought that Google would have taken into consideration these kinds of privacy issues prior to the release. Make sure that your public profile is excluded before you use Buzz on your mobile unlocked cell phone like the Google Nexus One.